U.S. Rep. Loebsack on the Need for Long-Term Infrastructure Funding

Jun 6, 2017

Democratic Congressman Dave Loebsack says he’s concerned that rural parts of the country could lose out under President Trump’s plans to increase infrastructure spending. The president has said he’d like more of the funding to come from cities, states, and private investment. Loebsack says rural infrastructure needs might have a tough time attracting private funding.

“There are a heck of a lot of rural Republican representatives who have exactly the same concerns I have about making sure that the funding, as it is, is going to provide the kind of investments that we need to have in rural America," he says.

President Trump is talking about a number of broad proposals in what the White House is calling “Infrastructure Week.” 

On this edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer talks about infrastructure with Loebsack as well as Aaron Granquist, president of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Later in the hour, Kieffer talks with Michael LeClere, an apprentice architect and apprentice landscape architect at Martin Gardner Architecture; Amy Mayer,  Iowa Public Radio’s Harvest Public Media reporter; and Grant Gerlock, Harvest Public Media's reporter at NET News.