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In Cleveland, Biden Urges Infrastructure Spending

CLEVELAND (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden says the country must invest in infrastructure if it is to remain the world’s preeminent economic force.

Speaking Wednesday at a rail car repair shop in Cleveland, Biden said improvements such as a new train station in the city’s Little Italy neighborhood will leverage investment and change how nearby residents think about their lives.

He says one study shows the U.S. needs $3.6 trillion in infrastructure investment by 2020 but the nation spends only 1 percent of its gross domestic product on infrastructure and ranks 18th in the world for the quality of its roads.

He says that the U.S. needs to make the kinds of commitments that other countries are making on infrastructure investment but that some Republicans in Congress are “sitting on their hands.”

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