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Senate Democrats Propose $1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan (ARTICLE & VIDEO)

Senate Democrats Propose $1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan (ARTICLE & VIDEO)

ABC News
By JOAN LOWY, ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON — Jan 24, 2017, 4:21 PM ET

Senate Democrats on Tuesday offered a plan to spend $1 trillion on transportation and other infrastructure projects over 10 years, challenging President Donald Trump to join them on an issue where they hope to find common ground.

Democrats estimate their plan would create 15 million jobs. The plan includes $210 billion to repair aging roads and bridges and another $200 billion for a "vital infrastructure fund" to pay for a variety of transportation projects of national significance.

An example of the types of projects that could be eligible for financing from the fund is the Gateway Program to repair and replace rail lines and tunnels between New York and New Jersey, some of which are over 100 years old and were damaged in Superstorm Sandy in 2012. The project, which would double the number of trains per hour using the tunnels and help enable high-speed Amtrak service, is estimated to cost about $20 billion.

Republican leaders are unlikely to embrace the Democratic plan. It's not clear where Democrats would get the money for their proposal... FULL ARTICLE & WATCH VIDEO

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