WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, applauded the Senate Democrats’ $1 trillion infrastructure plan, which calls for passage of Murphy’s bipartisan BuyAmerican.gov Act to increase transparency and ensure federal agencies prioritize the purchase of American-made goods. The infrastructure proposal released by Senate Democrats will create more than 15 million jobs and strengthen Buy America requirements for all infrastructure projects.
“Every taxpayer dollar we use to fix our roads and build new schools should be used to hire American workers and purchase American materials,” said Murphy. “I’m thrilled that this new infrastructure plan includes my BuyAmerican.gov Act because it could actually help create new jobs in Connecticut and build up our economy. I hope my Republican colleagues join us in enacting this proposal.”
The infrastructure plan unveiled will help create jobs, overhaul Connecticut’s rail and transit network, modernize airports and waterways, rebuild crumbling schools and VA hospitals, and more. The proposal – which would make investments in the middle class and help Connecticut families – comes after President Trump released an insufficient infrastructure plan last month that relies heavily on state and local funding, and provides only $200 billion in federal investment—much of that looted from existing transportation programs that benefit the state.
It will also repurpose some federal revenues spent in the tax bill that President Trump and Congressional Republicans passed last year, which gives away huge windfalls to the wealthiest Americans and corporations, while raising taxes on many working families.
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In order to protect and grow manufacturing jobs in Connecticut, Murphy has repeatedly called on agencies to be more transparent and compliant with Buy American laws. He has also introduced the American Jobs Matter Act to strengthen existing Buy American standards.
Murphy is a vocal advocate for robust investment in transportation infrastructure. After convening Connecticut commuters, business owners, and transportation leaders earlier this year for a summit at the University of Bridgeport on improving Connecticut’s transportation infrastructure, Murphy called on the Trump administration to provide long-term federal investments across all modes of transportation, especially rail and bus transit.