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Barack Obama's Views on Infrastructure

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This archived page describes views discussed by Barack Obama during his 2008 campaign for the American presidency. Listed below are Obama's campaign promises on issues related to infrastructure, transportation, and urban development. Has he met his goals?

About Barack Obama:

Barack Obama began his career as a community organizer and civil rights attorney in Chicago. He served seven years on the Illinois State Senate. Barack Obama was elected to the US Senate on November 2, 2004. In 2008, Barack Obama became the Democratic nominee for President of the United States. Obama selected Joe Biden, a Senator from Delaware since 1973, as his running mate in the presidential campaign.

Barack Obama has often stated that as a child, he wanted to become an architect. Instead, he says, he is an "architect for change." (See video)

Learn more: Political Profile of Barack Obama

Barack Obama's View on Urban Development:

Obama's proposal includes plans to create a White House Office on Urban Policy, facilitate funding for strengthening urban infrastructure, restore funding for public works projects, and re-evaluate the transportation funding process with an eye toward smart growth.

Barack Obama's View on Railways:

Democrat Barack Obama says he favors government funding for Amtrak, which is currently the only provider of passenger rail service in the USA. Barack Obama supported the 2008 Passenger Rail Investment and Innovation Act which promises a long-term financial commitment to Amtrak. However, Obama proposes making reforms to the Amtrak rail system.

Barack Obama's running-mate Joe Biden commutes by train between Washington DC and his home in Delaware. He has been a vocal supporter of the Amtrak system.

Barack Obama's View on Transportation Infrastructure:

Barack Obama says he places a high priority on strengthening railways, highways, bridges, airports, and city streets. To ease street congestion, Obama wants to require states to create more bike lanes and pedestrian-friendly roads. Obama proposes government funding to encourage the development of pedestrian-friendly infrastructure.

Barack Obama's View on Levees and Flood Control Projects:

Barack Obama supported the 2007 Water Resources Development Act, a $23 billion bill to fund various improvements to rivers and harbors, including levee and flood control projects. Congress voted to pass the bill, President Bush vetoed it, and Congress voted to override the veto. Barack Obama was not present for the final vote. Full story.

Barack Obama's Key Votes:

  • 07/29/2005 Transportation Equity Act: Voted YES
    Supported a bill to authorize $286.5 billion in appropriations for highways, public transit, safety programs, and other public works, over a six years period.
  • 05/17/2005 Transportation Equity Act: Voted YES
    Supported a bill to approriate $295 billion to transportation projects including highway construction, infrastructure repair, safety programs, and mass transit for the fiscal years 2004-2009.

Opposing Views:

Compare Barack Obama's views on infrastructure with the views of his Republican opponent, John McCain: John McCain's Views on Infrastructure >

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