WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Chris Murphy, a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development (THUD), and Related Agencies Subcommittee, released a statement on Monday after President Trump unveiled an infrastructure plan that relies heavily on state and local funding, not federal investment.
“In Connecticut, few things matter more to people than the quality of our roads and rail lines. It’s not an exaggeration to say that the future of Connecticut’s economy depends on how easy it is to move people and products around the state,” said Murphy. “President Trump campaigned on the promise of making huge federal investments in transportation and infrastructure. And on the morning after the 2016 election, I announced I was ready and willing to work with the White House to get it done.”
“But the president today turned his back on the promises he made. This proposal provides pennies to infrastructure projects while cash-strapped communities are forced to spend money they don’t have or else sell off highways and railroads to Wall Street,” Murphy added. “If the president truly wants a $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan, I’m all for it. Let’s repeal his giant tax giveaway to the rich and use that money to start rebuilding America.”
After convening Connecticut commuters, business owners, and transportation leaders last month 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.