By Ryan Velez
Donald Trump has released his latest major infrastructure plan and budget this Monday, and Democrats are rebuking it with serious concerns, according to Black Enterprise.
Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, called the president’s budget proposal and infrastructure plans a “double dose of bad policy.” This plan will offer up to $200 billion in federal funding over 10 years to repair roads, build bridges, airports, seaports, energy projects, and water systems. Part of the issue is that much of the financial burden will fall on states, local governments, and private investors.
“There is bipartisan agreement on the need to rebuild our nation’s crumbling infrastructure and put Americans back to work, and President Trump was elected upon a promise to work with Democrats to do just that,” said Rep. Brendan Boyle, who represents Pennsylvania’s 13th congressional district.
“The president claims that his plan invests $1.5 trillion. In reality, the proposal includes only $200 billion in federal investment after robbing other critical investments and leaves toll-paying families and state and local governments—already hurt by the Trump Tax Scam—to pick up the tab,” said Boyle, who is a part of the 35-member Blue Collar Caucus.
“Meanwhile, the proposal lets private investors dictate which projects receive funding, and doesn’t say a word about Buy America purchasing requirements. This is not the ‘big league’ bipartisan infrastructure we were promised,” he said.
Gupta fears that this move would “leave behind too many American communities and those most in need” and that Congress should ignore the “unacceptable proposals” and craft new legislation.
“His budget would deny critical health care to those most in need simply to bankroll his wall through border communities, while his infrastructure scam would reward the rich and special interests at the expense of low-income communities and communities of color,” Gupta said.
Trump’s budget also requested $23 billion for border security, including $18 billion for his border wall and money for more detention beds for detained immigrants. Democrats have offered an alternative infrastructure plan, which includes $1 trillion in direct federal investment that would generate 16 million new jobs.
“In addition, the infrastructure plan will invest in American iron and steel to support good-paying jobs, and ensure opportunities for small business owners,” Boyle said.