Blooms, bridges and broadband: Katko’s plan to bolster America’s infrastructure

The view from outside Washington is that it’s plagued by dysfunction and hyper-partisanship. But a group of Democrats and Republicans led by U.S. Rep. John Katko have agreed on a plan that aims to address many of the country’s infrastructure problems.

Katko, R-Camillus, and U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, a Connecticut Democrat, co-chaired a working group within the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus that was tasked with drafting an infrastructure proposal. Two other New Yorkers — U.S. Reps. John Faso and Tom Suozzi — served on the eight-member panel.

The working group released its report, “Rebuilding America’s Infrastructure,” last week. The 16-page document proposes solutions for bridges and roads, improving harbors and railroads, combating the spread of aquatic invasive species and expanding high-speed internet access.

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