Can infrastructure spending turn the economy around?
A number of current and former politicians argued that long-delayed road, transit and water system projects can generate jobs and give a jolt to the economy.
Less than 8 percent of the Senate's $827 billion stimulus package is directed at infrastructure, while about 11 percent of the House's $820 billion version is for public construction needs.
That would boost the $1.1 trillion in U.S. infrastructure spending each year, but it's a fraction of the $2.2 trillion in needs over the next five years, according to a report by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
"Our infrastructure system's parts are not serving their intended purposes," said ASCE President Wayne Klotz. (AP)