The U.S. should sharply increase investment in "projects that ease bottlenecks and expand capacity at ports and key junctures;" create an infrastructure bank; and encourage "innovative approaches that bring private financing into the public sphere" to prevent it from falling further behind economic competitors, according to a report from Building America's Future. "Some countries, even in hard economic times, are still investing in their infrastructure because they see the long-term benefits of it," said Marcia Hale, the group's president.

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