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Democrats to Trump on infrastructure: Show us the money

Democrats to Trump on infrastructure: Show us the money

Politico.com
By BEN WHITE 01/17/2018 05:02 AM EST

Taking serious action to address the crumbling state of U.S. infrastructure is likely to cost far more than the Trump administration is reportedly willing to spend, says a key Senate Democrat overseeing infrastructure policy.

Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), an Amtrak enthusiast who commutes to Washington on the train, said on the latest POLITICO Money podcast that he hopes the White House will put forth a serious infrastructure proposal that could garner Democratic support. But early reports on the White House plan, which suggest a federal contribution of around $200 billion, do not give him great confidence.

“I think most people understand if we want to have better roads, highways, bridges, trains … we gotta pay for them,” said Carper, the top Democrat on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, which would play a major role in any infrastructure bill. Carper also sits on the Senate Finance Committee, which would authorize funding for any bill. (Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, chair of the Senate Environmental and Public Works Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure, joins POLITICO Money next week to discuss infrastructure.) FULL ARTICLE

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