Chicago Dem: GOP Favor Increase in Infrastructure Spending
WLS Radio Chicago
September 8, 2011
By John Dempsey
A local Democratic congressman wants to see President Barack Obama call for infrastructure spending in tonight's speech.
Dan Lipinski (D-3rd District), of Western Springs, told WLS Radio's Don Wade and Roma Thursday that an unnamed Republican congressman told him recently that the GOP would like to see infrastructure spending as well.
"He said to me that we should be doing infrastructure. He said there are a lot of Republicans who would agree to be doing that. And I said, I have been pushing that for the last couple of years. We need to be building things that help us get to work. Also help business be more efficient," Lipinski said.
Lipinski said not enough was spent on infrastructure in the 2009 stimulus bill.
"They kept talking about fixing our roads and bridges and when the stimulus came up for a final vote, it was about six percent for infrastructure. It sounds now like what they're proposing may be 10 or 15 percent. It could even be less than that," Lipinski said.
Hear President Obama at 6 p.m. Thursday on WLS-AM 890.
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