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Congress Reacts To White House Infrastructure Proposal - February 2018

Congress Reacts to White House Infrastructure Proposal

With the release of the long-awaited White House infrastructure plan, ITS America has compiled reactions from Senate and House transportation and technology leaders. Read more:

“Through this guidance and letting Congress have the opportunity to write bipartisan legislation, President Trump has offered us direction to meet infrastructure needs in our nation’s states, cities, and rural communities,” said Senator John Thune (R-SD), Chairman, Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. “Aligning federal infrastructure funding with local priorities and looking at other impediments to building would increase accountability and help us meet our most critical infrastructure needs faster.”

“Modernizing our transportation and communication networks is something we all agree the U.S. desperately needs in order to create more jobs and maintain our leadership in the global economy,” said Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL), Ranking Member, Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. “We need to make real investments - not cuts - in Florida and communities around the country.”

“President Trump is a champion for upgrading our country’s aging roads, highways, bridges, and water infrastructure,” said Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), Chairman, Committee on Environment and Public Works. “America needs a robust infrastructure plan that prioritizes streamlining so needed projects can get done faster and for lower costs.”

“Once again, President Trump’s rhetoric doesn’t match reality. Despite all of his promises to help American families and workers, President Trump’s infrastructure plan undermines critical protections that safeguard our air, water and land, give local residents a voice regarding projects in their own communities and help create good paying American jobs,” said Senator Tom Carper (D-DE), Ranking Member, Committee on Environment and Public Works. “More streamlining provisions for the sake of streamlining provisions are not what is most needed to speed up infrastructure projects – what we really need is long-term, predictable funding.”

“An infrastructure bill needs to be bipartisan, fiscally responsible, and make real long-term investments in our Nation. By addressing the long-term sustainability of the Highway Trust Fund, exploring new ways to invest, and ensuring the fast delivery of projects, we can rebuild and improve our highways, water infrastructure, public buildings, rail transportation, and other infrastructure,” said Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA), Chairman, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. “Passage of an infrastructure bill will require presidential leadership and bipartisan congressional cooperation.”

“For more than a year, we have been hearing from President Trump about a big, beautiful infrastructure proposal,” said Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Ranking Member, House Transportation and Infrastructure. “Now, it turns out President Trump’s plan is embarrassingly small. President Trump’s plan slashes real Federal investments and shifts the burden to cash-strapped States and local governments. It would cut more than $168 billion from existing transportation and infrastructure programs to pay for Wall Street and foreign investors to toll our roads, and it would gut bedrock environmental, clean water, and clean air protections under the guise of speeding up projects.”

“Please permit us to say that President Trump hit the nail on the head when constructing this plan to rebuild America’s infrastructure. Here at the Energy and Commerce Committee we have been working hard to build out a legislative agenda that promotes broadband deployment and improves our energy infrastructure and environmental protections,” said Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), Chairman, Committee on Energy and Commerce; Fred Upton (R-MI), Chairman, Subcommittee on Energy; Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL), Chairman, Subcommittee on Environment; Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Chairman, Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. “More than 20 targeted infrastructure bills from this committee have passed the House, and we’ve got more in the pipeline.

“President Trump’s infrastructure proposal is woefully inadequate for addressing the urgent needs of modernizing our nation’s infrastructure. The proposal does not include any new funding, and it forces the majority of costs onto cash-strapped state and local governments,” said Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), Ranking Member, Committee on Energy and Commerce. “The President also wants people to believe that environmental protections are preventing infrastructure projects from moving forward when in reality the obstacle is a serious lack of funding. The harmful environmental rollbacks included in the President’s proposal will endanger human health and the environment and threaten our communities.”