Washington, D.C. — According to media reports, President Donald Trump is expected to release the principles for his long-awaited infrastructure plan on February 12, coinciding with the release of his fiscal year 2019 budget. Based on both leaked and public documents from the White House, however, it’s clear that the Trump administration has no plans for real national investment in infrastructure: If enacted, the Trump plan would lead to further deterioration of vital national infrastructure assets while increasing pollution and Wall Street profits.
A real plan for national investment in infrastructure would provide at least an additional $1 trillion in federal spending over the next ten years and would cover everything from highways and transit to schools and affordable housing; promote equitable access to opportunity; protect neighborhoods and natural habitats while allowing the United States to meet its climate commitments; and target federal funds to those communities most in need. Following the release of Trump’s #InfrastructureScam, Rep. Peter DeFazio, Ranking Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will join the Center for American Progress and The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights for a press conference call to outline how the Trump plan would accomplish none of these goals and will only promote pollution and privatization.
Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), ranking member, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
Kevin DeGood, director of infrastructure policy, Center for American Progress
Christy Goldfuss, senior vice president of energy and environment policy, Center for American Progress
Emily Chatterjee, senior counsel, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Monday, February 12th, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. EST/11:00 a.m. PST
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