WASHINGTON, D.C. – During tonight’s address to a joint session of Congress, President Obama highlighted the Brent Spence Bridge in Cincinnati. President Obama called on Congress to pass legislation similar to a bill proposed this week by U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) that would provide for the repair of critical infrastructure projects like Brent Spence.
"It's time to end the partisan bickering and focus on jobs. Too many middle-class Ohioans are struggling to find work or afford college and housing costs.
"The President outlined a plan that will create and protect jobs and ensure that Ohio workers take home more of their pay. There are no excuses for inaction, as all components of his plan have had bipartisan support and will not add to the deficit.
"By traveling to Ohio next week, the President will see ways our state is rebuilding our economy through growth in clean energy, autos, and manufacturing. He’ll see how bold decisions – like rescuing the auto industry –allowed GM workers to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Chevy Cruze today, which has been the best-selling compact car for the fourth month in a row. Ohio has a rich manufacturing heritage coupled with a spirit of innovation. With a level playing field, our workers and manufacturers can compete with anyone in the world.
“By visiting Ohio, President Obama will see how infrastructure projects, like Brent Spence, not only create immediate jobs, but prime our communities for long-term economic growth. By visiting Ohio, the President can see how standing up to countries like China – that manipulate currency and provide illegal subsidies – can create good-paying manufacturing jobs.”
In Aug. 2011, Brown first announced plans for legislation to create the national infrastructure bank in Cincinnati at Parsons Brinckerhoff with the Brent Spence Bridge in the background. At a press conference with Kroger, UPS, and labor representatives, Brown outlined new jobs legislation that would create a national infrastructure bank to provide loans and loan guarantees for critical infrastructure projects of national and regional importance that create and protect jobs, increase economic competitiveness, bolster exports, and encourage private investment.