Democratic Senators To Propose $1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan

January 24, 2017 8:11 a.m.

Senate Democrats plan to introduce a $1 trillion infrastructure plan on Tuesday and call on President Donald Trump to back the proposal, according to reports in the New York Times and the Washington Post.

The plan will rely directly on federal funding to back projects like rebuilding roads and bridges, expanding the country’s broadband network, and supporting veterans hospitals and schools, according to the Washington Post. The funding model proposed by Democrats differs from funding proposed by Trump in the past — his campaign proposed using tax credits and working with private contractors.

“Our urban and rural communities have their own unique set of infrastructure priorities, and this proposal would provide funding to address those needed upgrades that go beyond the traditional road and bridge repair,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) plans to say while announcing the plan, according to the New York Times. “We’re asking President Trump to work with us to make it a reality.”

The Democrats’ plan would provide $210 billion for roads and bridges, $75 billion for schools, $20 billion for broadband network expansion, and $10 billion for veterans hospitals, according to the Washington Post.

Schumer will sponsor the proposal along with Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA), and Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE), the Post reported.

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