Kerry called on Democrats and Republicans to set short-term political goals aside to focus on investment opportunities that could bolster the economy for decades.

U.S.-Captiol-StepsSenate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-Mass.) made an impassioned plea for an end to partisan fighting in Washington, and warned the nation’s international standing is at stake.

Kerry called on Democrats and Republicans to set short-term political goals aside to focus on investment opportunities that could bolster the economy for decades. He delivered his remarks at the Center for American Progress, a Democratic-allied think tank in Washington.

He urged colleagues to invest the hundreds of billions to repair the nation’s decaying transportation infrastructure and build a renewable-energy technology sector.

If the nation does not rebuild its highways, ports and railways and become a leading manufacturer of solar and wind technology, it will lose crucial competitive advantage to China and the European Union, Kerry warned.

“We as a people face another Sputnik moment today,” Kerry said, referring to the U.S. space race with the Soviet Union in the last century. “And the great question is whether we will meet this moment as Americans did so boldly five decades ago.”

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Source: Alexander Bolton | The Hill