Sanders Introducing Infrastructure Bill next Year
Sen. Bernie Sanders announced on Monday that he will introduce a major infrastructure bill next year.
Trump's plan to repair our infrastructure is a scam that gives massive tax breaks to large companies & billionaires. https://t.co/05JEyOwddR
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) November 21, 2016
The Hill reports:
Sanders’s Rebuild America Act would spend $1 trillion over five years to boost the nation’s transportation infrastructure.
“I will reintroduce that legislation to directly invest in our roads, bridges, water systems, rail, airports, levees and dams,” Sanders wrote on Monday in a Medium post. “Our infrastructure is collapsing, and the American people know it.”
He added that the legislation would create millions of jobs.
“At a time when we need to reverse the 40-year decline of the American middle class, this legislation would create and maintain at least 13 million good-paying jobs, while making our country more productive, efficient and safe,” Sanders wrote.
Top Democrats, including incoming Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), have said infrastructure is one area where congressional Democrats could work with Trump next year. Schumer has tied passing a large infrastructure program to international tax reform.
But Sanders, who will join Senate Democrat leadership next year, added Monday that his legislation, unlike a proposal from Trump, would be offset by closing tax loopholes.
“During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump correctly talked about rebuilding our country’s infrastructure,” Sanders wrote. “But the plan he offered is a scam that gives massive tax breaks to large companies and billionaires on Wall Street who are already doing phenomenally well.”
Trump pledged a $1 trillion infrastructure package during the campaign that would create millions of jobs, though it’s unclear how it would be paid for and, according to the Trump campaign’s outline, would depend at least partly on private investments.
Sanders introduced his proposal in 2015, but it stalled in the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee.
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