Blumenauer Statement on Trump Infrastructure ‘Plan’

February 12, 2018
Press Release

Washington, DC – Representative Earl Blumenauer (OR-03), a senior member of the House Ways & Means Committee, released the following statement:

“It’s been over 1,000 days since Trump tweeted ‘The only one to fix the infrastructure of our country is me.’ Bridges are crumbling. Commuters are stuck in traffic. There’s lead in our water. This crisis demands a solution. But this effort falls far short.

“Trump’s misguided ‘plan’ fails to renew the federal government’s partnership. Instead, it shifts the burden to cash-strapped state and local governments, while setting up a feeding frenzy that will only deepen political divisions and geographic inequality.

“Any serious proposal would provide more than a laundry list of wishes and budgetary gimmicks, but this is not a serious plan. The American people are being sold a bill of goods. With our roads, bridges, and transit systems in disrepair, Trump’s proposal just doesn’t cut it.”

“It doesn’t have to be this way. There is a broad coalition willing to do their part in Congress to improve our infrastructure. Let’s rebuild and renew America.”

Blumenauer is a leading advocate for increased and sustainable federal investment in U.S. infrastructure, including increasing the variety of transportation choices available to Americans in every community and reducing the transportation’s sector’s impact on climate change. These investments are essential to making our communities safer, healthier, and more economically secure.