STATEMENT: CAP Experts Slam Trump’s #InfrastructureScam

Washington, D.C. — This evening, media reports revealed details of the Trump White House’s forthcoming infrastructure proposal. Kevin DeGood, director of Infrastructure Policy at the Center for American Progress, released the following statement:

A real plan for national investment in infrastructure 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. The Trump proposal, unsurprisingly, meets exactly zero of these requirements. Our communities need at least $1 trillion in additional, direct federal spending, but this so-called plan pushes the burden of investment onto states and cities—and by extension working- and middle-class families— while enriching wealthy investors. Our communities deserve better than Trump’s infrastructure scam.

Christy Goldfuss, senior vice president for Energy and Environment Policy at CAP, added:

What Trump and his team have released is not an infrastructure plan. It’s a scam to line the pockets of corporate polluters by gutting protections for our environment. It fundamentally changes our bedrock environmental laws to allow Trump’s cabinet of billionaires and climate deniers to unilaterally sidestep public health, worker safety, and environmental protections. We need a plan to upgrade our nation’s crumbling infrastructure that will protect our communities and the environment—not a ploy to sell out our clean air, water, and wildlife.

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For more information or to speak with an expert, contact Allison Preiss at apreiss@americanprogress.org or 202.478.6331.