When President Joe Biden proposed a $2 trillion infrastructure moonshot early this spring, there was little expectation that he would get everything he wanted.
While progressive Democrats grouse that the plan doesn't go far enough, congressional Republicans balk at its size — and Biden's desire to have corporations and top earners foot the bill with higher taxes. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell last week said he wants it capped at $800 billion.
The transportation aspects of the American Jobs Plan have enormous implications for the auto industry and the economy at large. If Biden and congressional chiefs want to find common ground, they should look at transportation and energy spending.
The auto industry's savvy leaders — dealers, union officials, executives at automakers and suppliers — need to pull together and pull the strings they have to help their elected representatives recognize the return on these infrastructure investments that cut across party lines.
There is no excuse for failing to restore economically crucial highway infrastructure that in some cases is literally crumbling: The I-40 bridge over the Mississippi River in Memphis, Tenn., last week was shut down when an inspection found a crack that demands further investigation.