Democrats in Congress are criticizing President Trump’s recently announced $1.5 trillion infrastructure revamping project as inadequate.
Congressional detractors of the plan are taking special aim at the $200 billion that the President has suggested could be used to fund a variety of rebuilding projects, saying that figure is too low.
That $200 billion, as proposed by the White House, would be used over a period of 10 years to spur greater contributions from states, cities, and private investors.
In a statement, House Democrat Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley of New York said Trump’s proposal “falls far short of the investment our country desperately needs and deserves. At a time when our bridges and roads are crumbling and our schools and hospitals are severely antiquated, the President’s empty proposal lacks vision.”
Senate Democrat Minority Leader Charles Schumer said the proposal would put an “unsustainable burden on our local government.” In order to pay for the President’s plan, Schumer predicted the creation of “Trump tolls all over the country.”
Democrats have called for an infrastructure plan of up to $1 trillion, less than the President’s overall package. But the vast majority of that money would come from Washington, and unlike the White House plan, would not rely as much on state and local funding support.
By Garry Boulard
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