June 8, 2017, THE WHITE HOUSE – Audio excerpts from the President’s speech, “Rebuilding America’s Infrastructure,” a critical pillar of President Donald J. Trump’s agenda to promote job creation and grow the U.S. economy. America’s infrastructure has fallen to 12th in the world and that is unacceptable. Every American depends on our roads, rails, ports, and airports, and the President is committed to fixing this problem, not just pushing more liabilities onto future generations.
Justin Durdan, President of the IL Corn Growers Association, said, “Those of us in agriculture that rely on our rivers to move goods know that without the necessary improvements to these systems, we’d be at a distinct disadvantage as a nation. Each day that passes with the system in decline represents a loss in our competitive advantage.” Ken Hartman, chair of the NCGA market access team said, “Farmers rely on our national infrastructure every day to get our products to market quickly, safely and efficiently. Waterways, roads and bridges are central to farmers’ efforts to feed and fuel the world, and we must invest in all of them.” The Waterways Council applauded the President for committing his vast building experience to modernizing the inland waterways and establishing a goal of completing projects on-time, on-budget, and removing regulatory impediments.