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Should Congress Overhaul the Infrastructure of the United States?

68.3% yes
31.7% no

The topic of internal improvements and the federal government’s role in managing our nation’s infrastructure has been a perennial issue throughout our history. Over the past several months, Congress has hotly debated the topic of an infrastructure bill, raising questions over what policies will best help the United States.

Those who argue that Congress should overhaul the infrastructure of the United States contend that our current system is inadequate to meet the needs of a modern nation. They argue that our roads are outdated, too many people do not have access to the internet, and that funding is needed to prepare for climate change-related disasters. Additionally, they claim that the power to make this type of overhaul rests with the federal government because it relates to the general welfare of all Americans.

Those who argue that Congress should not overhaul the infrastructure of the United States contend that while our current system may need some changes, it does not justify committing large funds and manpower to change numerous things. They argue that patchwork projects are sufficient to maintaining what is generally an overall sufficient infrastructure. Additionally, they claim that state governments are more adept at undertaking infrastructure projects as they have the constitutional authority to do so and are far more knowledgeable about local issues.

So, what do you think? Should Congress Overhaul the Infrastructure of the United States? Students can answer Yes, it should; No, it should not; or a nuanced answer in between! Be sure to submit your answers by November 23rd to be considered for this week’s competition.

Note: Ideal Think the Vote responses include the following:

  • Address the question asked in a thoughtful and meaningful manner
  • Use cited facts and constitutional arguments when appropriate to support their answers
  • Are expressed in cohesive sentences and are free of distracting spelling, punctuation, and grammatical errors
  • They address counter-arguments and opposing concerns in a respectful manner
  • They organize their answer in a manner that flows logically and reads clearly


For this question, BRI will be giving away two $25 gift cards, one to each person providing the best defense of each side of the debate. Both students will also win BRI swag. Each student winner will also be entered for a chance to win a grand prize of a $1,000 cash scholarship. Additionally, the referring teachers for both students will each win a $25 gift card and BRI swag.

This question will run from 11/15/21 to 11/23/21, so be sure to submit your answers in time to be considered for our prizes!

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