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Dear Claire McCaskill: Don’t Put #Resistance First On Infrastructure

Christiana Purves - February 23, 2018

Last week, President Trump announced his long-term plan to improve the nation’s crumbling infrastructure with a focus on improving rural communities. Claire McCaskill has acknowledged the need for a bipartisan, long-term legislative solution on this important issue in the past, but has spent the majority of President Trump’s term obstructing any real bipartisan legislative fixes by playing partisan games.

Claire McCaskill has agreed that investments in transportation, water infrastructure and broadband are important for rural Missourians. So, will McCaskill finally work with President Trump and Congress to deliver another win for the American people? Or will she continue partisan games at her constituents’ expense?

Red State Democrats Have Claimed They Are "Ready And Willing" To Work With President Trump To Rebuild America's Infrastructure

In February 2017, Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) Stated That She "Stand[s] Ready And Willing to Work With Him [President Trump]" To Rebuild The Country's Infrastructure. "'Our roads and bridges are crumbling and it's time we fix them,' said McCaskill. 'President Trump was crystal clear in his campaign that rebuilding our country's infrastructure was a top priority, and I stand ready and willing to work with him to achieve that goal. And I hope to see the same kind of commitment from Governor Greitens and leaders in Jefferson City.'" (Press Release, "Missouri Bridges Among Most Deficient In Nation-Mccaskill Urges Action," Sen. Claire McCaskill , 2/17/17)

Red State Democrats Including Claire McCaskill Have Agreed That Investments In Water Infrastructure Are Vital To Rural Communities

In November 2017, McCaskill Stated That "Every Missourian Should Have Access To Clean Water" No Matter The Community "Whether It's A Community Big Or Small." "'Every Missourian should have access to clean water and basic infrastructure, no matter where you live - whether it's a community big or small,' McCaskill said." (Press Release, "Nearly $2 Million Headed To Wright County For Rural Water System-Mccaskill Announces," Sen. Claire McCaskill , 11/29/17)

Red State Democrats Including Claire McCaskill Have Agreed That Broadband Access Is "Vital" And "Essential" To The Rural Communities

In August 2010, McCaskill Claimed That It Was "Clear How Important Broadband Access Is To Missouri's Rural Communities." "'It's clear how important increasing broadband access is to Missouri's rural communities. Broadband Internet means jobs and economic development, as well as great improvements in healthcare, public safety, and education. This investment from the stimulus funds will help boost businesses and communities in rural Missouri,' McCaskill said." (Press Release, "McCaskill Applauds Rural Broadband Grants For Missouri," Sen. Claire McCaskill , 8/4/10)

IN THEIR STATES, RED STATE DEMOCRATS HAVE VARIOUS INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS THEY SUPPORT THAT ARE IN DIRE NEED OF FEDERAL FUNDING

In Missouri, The Top Three Requested Statewide Infrastructure Projects Will Cost At Least $2.21 Billion

In Missouri, Unions And Infrastructure Consultants Asked For $1.6 Billion For The Grainbelt Express Transmission Line (HVDC). (Will Craft, "More Than 500 Infrastructure Projects Are Pitched To Trump, Who Will Favor Private Money And Speed," APM , 5/11/17)

In Missouri, Unions Asked For $215 Million For The Merchants Rail Bridge Replacement. (Will Craft, "More Than 500 Infrastructure Projects Are Pitched To Trump, Who Will Favor Private Money And Speed," APM , 5/11/17)

In Missouri, The National Governor's Association And The State Of Missouri Asked $39 Million To Modernize Multiple Readiness Center. (Will Craft, "More Than 500 Infrastructure Projects Are Pitched To Trump, Who Will Favor Private Money And Speed," APM , 5/11/17)

Quality infrastructure is integral to Missouri’s rural communities and economy. Tell Claire McCaskill to stand with President Trump and the GOP-led Congress to provide quality of life improvements for Missourians.  

See RNC Research’s latest: Dear Dems: Don’t Put #Resistance First on Infrastructure.


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