The minority members of the Environment and Public Works Committee requested a meeting with Secretary of the Department of Transportation Elaine Chao so she can share details regarding the President Donald Trump administration’s infrastructure investment plan.
At a hearing before the EPW Committee in May, Chao stated that the administration’s infrastructure principles would be released at the end of May and would be followed by a legislative proposal in the third quarter of 2017. Despite the president’s frequent campaign promise to focus on investing $1 trillion in our nation’s crumbling infrastructure, the administration has yet to communicate any infrastructure proposals to Democratic committee members.
In a letter led by Ranking Member Sen. Tom Carper, the lawmakers wrote, “[President Trump’s] message was one that resonated with the American voters, just as it appealed to us as members of Congress, eager to lay the foundation for investments that would create jobs, improve our economy, and enhance the quality of life in communities throughout the country. Senate Democrats have put forward our own ‘Blueprint to Rebuild America’s Infrastructure,’ which would invest $1 trillion in our nation’s infrastructure, creating over 15 million American jobs. We stand ready to work with our Republican colleagues on a significant infrastructure effort such as the one we have proposed.”
“We request that you and any other appropriate administration officials meet with us to share the administration’s long-awaited infrastructure plan,” the letter continued. “Following quickly thereafter, we would hope that you will be able to formally transmit the administration’s plan to Congress so that we may understand the administration’s priorities as we get to work on developing a comprehensive infrastructure investment package.”
The text of the letter is available at bit.ly/2xHRigm.