January 31, 2018

DeFazio Responds to The State Of The Union Address

DeFazio Responds to The State Of The Union Address

Washington, D.C. -- Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) released the following statement after the State of the Union address by President Donald Trump:

“Tonight, I had hoped that President Trump would provide Congress with his vision for a real, robust plan to invest at least $1 trillion to rebuild our nation’s crumbling roads, bridges, ports, airports, water infrastructure and transit systems. Unfortunately, the President once again delivered a nothing burger, providing only generic talking points without any specific details about how he plans to address our infrastructure crisis.

“As I have repeatedly said, if the Administration wants bipartisan support they must offer an infrastructure plan that strengthens the Federal commitment to our national transportation network by providing sustainable, long-term funding, and filling the crater in the Highway Trust Fund. President Trump cannot pretend to solve our infrastructure woes by slashing real investments to States and local governments, pushing the responsibility off Federal balance sheets, cutting existing transportation programs to pay for Wall Street and foreign investors to toll our roads, and gutting bedrock environmental protections. Regrettably, the Administration’s plan will likely do just that.

“We need to invest in rebuilding America, not sell it off. If the President is serious about developing a bipartisan plan to invest in infrastructure, he needs to forward a plan that both Democrats and Republicans can support.”