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Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its transportation infrastructure investment in the United States.
1nc – Transportation Infrastructure
A. Interpretation – The government defines Transportation Infrastructure as roads, bridges, mass transit, inland waterways, ports, airports, air traffic control, and all rails
THE WHITE HOUSE 11 The American Jobs Act
Office of the Press Secretary, For Immediate Release September 12, 2011, http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/legislative/reports/american-jobs-act.pdf
(9) INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT-
(A) IN GENERAL- The term `eligible infrastructure project' means any non-Federal transportation, water, or energy infrastructure project, or an aggregation of such infrastructure projects, as provided in this Act.
(B) TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT- The term `transportation infrastructure project' means the construction, alteration, or repair, including the facilitation of intermodal transit, of the following subsectors:
(i) Highway or road.
(iii) Mass transit.
(iv) Inland waterways.
(v) Commercial ports.
(vii) Air traffic control systems.
(viii) Passenger rail, including high-speed rail.
(ix) Freight rail systems.
(C) WATER INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT- The term `water infrastructure project' means the construction, consolidation, alteration, or repair of the following subsectors:
(i) Waterwaste treatment facility.
(ii) Storm water management system.
(iv) Solid waste disposal facility.
(v) Drinking water treatment facility.
(vii) Open space management system.
(D) ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT- The term `energy infrastructure project' means the construction, alteration, or repair of the following subsectors:
(i) Pollution reduced energy generation.
(ii) Transmission and distribution.
(iv) Energy efficiency enhancements for buildings, including public and commercial buildings.
B. VIOLATION –
C. Vote Negative – Topicality is a voting issue
1. LIMITS – transportation infrastructure is a term of art – broad definitions expand the research base and make this topic unpredictable – draw the line on how the government defines it.
2. GROUND – adding other forms of infrastructure explodes aff ground – they get advantages that are based off of area specific scenarios that the neg can’t predict.
TI – gov’t def’n
“Transportation infrastructure” is only a small number of projects for movement of goods and services
DeLauro 11 (U.S. Representative, Legislation to Create a National Infrastructure Development Bank, H.R. 402, 1-24, http://www2.apwa.net//Documents/Advocacy/HR%20402.pdf)
(25) TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT.—The term ‘‘transportation infrastructure project’’ means any project for the construction, maintenance, or enhancement of highways, roads, bridges, transit and intermodal systems, inland waterways, commercial ports, airports, high speed rail and freight rail systems.