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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Occupy Kansas City protesters were joined by union members and others on Thursday as they marched to a bridge overlooking I-70 near downtown to protest what they call the government's failure to jump-start the American economy.

The protesters gathered on the Prospect Avenue bridge over I-70, partly to draw attention to the nation's crumbling infrastructure and to call for an increase in job-creation efforts.

"What we're seeing coming out of congress right now are cuts to social programs like Medicare, and Medicaid, and Social Security. And what we really need to be doing as a community is fixing our failing infrastructure, and creating jobs for people that way," said Occupy Kansas City protester Jeremy Al-Haj.

Union construction worker Jeffrey Humfeld was there as well. He says that he's passionate about the issue of jobs.

"So many of the construction workers, myself included, are sitting on the sidelines in all of this mess. Wall Street has made this mess," said Humfeld.

Humfeld and other protesters are frustrated that congress blocked the American Jobs Act, which critics called too expensive.

"They have the money to lend but they won't lend it. They're holding on to it, and somebody has to tell them it's time to give back," said Humfeld.

The protesters said that they are also against recent discussion of putting tolls along I-70 to pay for it's repairs.

"What we believe is that this will disproportionately affect working and poor people in this community and we stand against that," said Al-Haj.

The protesters have created a website that highlights some of the infrastructure projects they say need to be focused on. Click here for more information.

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