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What issues should the U.S. Congress be addressing/prioritizing to prepare for a changing United States as we progress toward 2050?

As time passes, the United States will, more than likely, see changes within its demographics and its society as it gets closer and closer to 2050.

Data indicates that the U.S. population will not only grow but also see an increase in the aging of its citizens the closer we get to 2050. In addition, medical and technological advances will possibly enable people to live a longer, healthier, more productive life.

As well, some of the regions of the United States will see increases in terms of population which will stress the water resources and infrastructure of the area.

It is likely that many major cities will continue to be densely populated but many suburban areas will also experience tremendous growth.

Immigrant groups are also going to continue to grow and cultural, language, and educational needs are going to be addressed for this segment of the population.

Obviously, technology is advancing and this is going to impact things such as education, communication, and transportation in the near future, in 2050, and beyond

Furthermore, much of the infrastructure of the country is aging and in need of repair. Roads will possibly need to be widened to accommodate larger populations and bridges will have to be refurbished to ensure the safe travel of motorists and goods.

Overall, it is safe to say that the next 30+ years in the United States will bring about tremendous change.

As a result of these impending changes, amongst others, what issues should the lawmakers (Congress) of the United States be addressing and prioritizing to ensure that the citizens of the United States are adequately prepared when 2050 gets here?

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  • Oct 31 2013: The main thing that the U.S congress will have to address in the year 2050, would be population. With the population growing, many things will be changing. Roads and bridges are going to need to be repaired and expanded, technology is advancing, education and communication will need to increase with the possible different races we might be getting, we will need to get more or better transportation, and the water resources will start to lower which will be a big problem.
    • Nov 10 2013: I wanted to include water resource and expanding populations in southern or desert regions who depend on rationed water. Congress might have to help fund large scale desalinization plants to offset droughts and climate change factors in 50 years. Now would be better but the technology isn't available.

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