In a presidential election campaign dominated by differences between the two front-runners, there is one thing both former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden prepares to confront Putin Ending the same-sex marriage wars Trump asks Biden to give Putin his 'warmest regards' MORE and businessman Donald TrumpDonald TrumpBiden prepares to confront Putin Biden aims to bolster troubled Turkey ties in first Erdoğan meeting Senate investigation of insurrection falls short MORE seem to agree on – making the country’s aging infrastructure a priority in their first 100 days in office.

America should seize this rare moment of bipartisan agreement. The need for a massive infrastructure investment program is greater than perhaps any time since President Dwight D. Eisenhower asked the nation’s governors to come together and devise a plan to create a vast network of highways across the country. The governors responded, and eventually, with great enthusiasm, the country embraced the need for a federal highway system – and the jobs that came with it.


Eisenhower was highly motivated to push the Interstate Highway System infrastructure project for both economic and security reasons—his time in Germany during WWII convinced him that a more connected United States was a more secure United States.

Improving American infrastructure is as fundamental to the vitality and growth of the U.S. economy today as it was under Eisenhower.

The American Society for Civil Engineers has given a grade to U.S. Infrastructure: D+. The U.S. Is home to 63,000 bridges in need of significant repair, and with 32% of roads in poor condition.

Now factor in a slew of infrastructure-related mishaps across the nation, most recently, Seattle, where a power outage due to equipment failure trapped people in elevators, wreaked havoc on traffic lights and darkened government buildings. The substation failure wiped out power in over 60% of Seattle’s downtown, where it was dubbed an “internet snow day.”

And Michigan, where the failure to address lead pipes, estimated between 60 and 100 years old, has created a childhood lead-poisoning epidemic, resulting in a lawsuit and unknown long-term consequences to trusting consumers of the public water supply.

These are just the latest examples of an infrastructure system so overlooked that it is literally crumbling into disrepair while lawmakers battle over politics. Unfortunately, with continued neglect due to partisanship, there will be more.

But now consider the economic benefit of addressing our nation’s infrastructure problem: Manufacturers who spend several million dollars per year on maintenance and repairs on delivery vehicles damaged by poorly serviced roads, could, with better roads and connectivity, pass savings on to the consumers, invest that money elsewhere. Americans can obtain work when a highway project begins, when a bridge repair is approved.

Imagine children with access to clean water parents without worry of lead contamination. Imagine an updated, stable power supply; imagine reliable Internet access, and roads and bridges free of potholes or dangerous vulnerabilities.

It shouldn’t be hard to imagine this future when both Republicans and Democrats agree: U.S. infrastructure is falling apart.

But national, state, and local leaders have yet to agree on funding and prioritizing projects.

That’s where No Labels comes in. We recently released our Policy Playbook for America’s Next President, which features 60 concrete policy ideas with broad public support from across the political spectrum. We offered three infrastructure ideas, each of which enjoyed anywhere from 63-75 percent public support.

We suggested the creation of a new national infrastructure bank that relies on public-private partnerships to design, build, finance, operate and maintain public infrastructure.

We proposed an innovative new idea to build support for a badly needed gas tax increase. We call it the User Fee Divided by 3, which would take new gas tax revenues and allocate them equally to reduce personal income taxes, reduce the federal deficit and provide additional funding for the Highway Trust Fund.

And to end the unconscionable delays in regulatory approvals for infrastructure (a new federal highway project takes an average of eight years to get approved), we called for the federal government to designate officials whose sole focus is streamlining the regulatory process for key infrastructure projects.

Today, we see glimmers of progress  - the leading presidential candidates have committed to action; we have solutions with broad public support; the next president has the tools required to get the job done. There is simply no excuse for inaction on infrastructure.

It’s time for our aspiring presidential candidates and members of Congress to embrace the spirit of Eisenhower, get to work, and fix the foundation of our country.

Huntsman and Lieberman are national co-chairs of No Labels.