Senate Democrats Include Broadband Investment in Infrastructure Plan
Jan 25 2017 by Anna Nguyen
Trump, too, touted during the campaign his intention to "transform America's crumbling infrastructure" and make "investments in transportation, clean water, a modern and reliable electricity grid", among other projects. Billionaire Wilbur Ross, a private equity investor and Trump's pick to lead the Commerce Department, will now go before the full Senate.
"With regard to what we could be for, my understanding is the administration has a team who are putting together a proposal that we can all take a look at", McConnell said.
But Schumer, who says he hopes to work with Trump on issues including a $1 trillion infrastructure planunveiled by Democrats on Tuesday, told Capital Download that "I worry" about what the episode may reveal about the new president.
But the OH senator's vote also reflects a larger strategy that Hill Democrats are beginning to embrace, not just with respect to Trump's nominees but to his entire agenda. The Democrats argued that almost 15 million jobs will be created in the United States if the proposed plan is implemented.
Trump's infrastructure program will likely be funded through an overhaul of the federal tax code that Democrats could support, according to Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
The plan also includes $20 billion to expand broadband and create 260,000 jobs in the process.
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley won support from most Democratic senators because she testified that she does not support Republican efforts to slash US funding for the UN. "But the sweet chaser is infrastructure dollars".
The Democratic plan could give Congressional Democrats more leverage as they try to negotiate a final bill. President Trump "is going to have to work with us". Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Tom Carper of Delaware, Maria Cantwell of Washington state, Bill Nelson of Florida, Bernie Sanders of Vermont, and Ron Wyden of Oregon. He knew that his push for a "trillion-dollar" infrastructure plan would make deficit-hawk conservatives "go insane", but he said Trump was creating an "entirely new political movement".
Senate Democrats are insisting they won't budge, with Schumer saying he would reject any plan that provides "tax credits for developers". It offers the new president a tantalizing opportunity to deliver "big-league" on a campaign promise with bipartisan support.
Still other California infrastructure projects, from high-speed rail to the proposed WaterFix tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, would incite far more controversy if proposed for inclusion. That means not reacting to every eyebrow-raising comment from Trump's Twitter account or to every gaffe by his nominees (like one who said guns are needed in schools to protect students from grizzly bears). It's a tech proposal that could get support from key GOP senators, but the challenge lies in covering the cost of any spending plan.