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Dear Dems: Don’t Put #Resistance First On Infrastructure

- February 22, 2018

Democrats Need to Put Obstruction And Resistance Aside And Work With President Trump On A Rural Infrastructure Plan


TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • Last week, President Trump announced his long-term infrastructure plan to improve the nation's crumbling infrastructure with a focus on improving rural communities.
  • Many red state Democrats have acknowledged in the past a need for a bipartisan long-term legislative solution to improve the nation's crumbling infrastructure.
  • Red state Democrats have agreed that investments in transportation, water infrastructure, and broadband are important investments for rural America that could improve the quality of life for constituents living in these areas.
  • Red state Democrats have several proposed projects in their states that need funding, and as a result have an incentive to put politics aside and work with President Trump.

Last Week, President Trump Announced His Plan To Rebuild America's Rural Infrastructure

Last Week, President Trump Unveiled His Plan For Infrastructure That Seeks To Improve And Rebuild America's Crumbling Infrastructure. "President Trump finally unveiled his long-awaited infrastructure plan on Monday. The 53-page document lays out his vision: To turn $200 billion in federal money into $1.5 trillion for fixing America's infrastructure by leveraging local and state tax dollars and private investment."' (Lydia DePillis, "Trump Unveils Infrastructure Plan," CNN , 2/12/18)

Under This Plan, At Least $50 Billion Of The Federal Dollars Would Be Appropriated In The Form Of Rural Block Grants To States To Invest In Transportation, Broadband, Water, Waste, And Power Projects. "Another $50 billion is earmarked for rural block grants, most of which will be given to states according to a formula based on the miles of rural roads and the rural population they have. States can then spend that money on transportation, broadband, water, waste and power projects." (Lydia DePillis, "Trump Unveils Infrastructure Plan," CNN , 2/12/18)

  • Eighty Percent Of These Funds Will Be Given To The Governor Of Each State Via A Formulaic Distribution, And States Will Than Have Discretion To Spend The Money On The Rural Needs Of The State. "80 percent of the funds under the Rural Infrastructure Program would be provided to the governor of each State via formula distribution. The governors, in consultation with a designated Federal agency and State directors of rural development, would have discretion to choose individual investments to respond to the unique rural needs of their States." ("Legislative Outline For Rebuilding Infrastructure In America," The White House , 2/12/18, p.6)
  • Twenty Percent Of The Funds Will Be Distributed As Rural Performance Grants. "20 percent of the funds under the Rural Infrastructure Program would be reserved for rural performance grants within eligible asset classes and according to specified criteria." ("Legislative Outline For Rebuilding Infrastructure In America," The White House , 2/12/18, p.6)
  • These Funds Will Be Given As Block Grants To Rural Areas With Populations Of Less Than 50,000 For Infrastructure Projects. "Funds made available to States under this program would be distributed as block grants to be used for infrastructure projects in rural areas with populations of less than 50,000." ("Legislative Outline For Rebuilding Infrastructure In America," The White House , 2/12/18, p.6)

IN THE PAST, DEMOCRATS HAVE PLEDGED TO WORK WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP AND FIND WAYS TO IMPROVE AND REBUILD U.S. INFRASTRUCTURE

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)

In June 2017, Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) Announced That She "Intend[ed] To Work With President Trump And His Administration On An Infrastructure Plan" To Help The State Of Michigan. "U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) released a statement following a speech by President Trump today discussing his infrastructure proposal: 'I intend to work with President Trump and his Administration on an infrastructure plan that benefits people in Michigan and across the country. It is so important to Michigan that we upgrade our aging Soo Locks and our Great Lakes harbors. We must also provide our small towns and rural communities with the tools they need to succeed, like improved water and sewer systems, broadband access and telemedicine." (Press Release, "Stabenow Statement on President Trump's Infrastructure Proposal," Sen. Debbie Stabenow , 6/7/17)

In January 2018, Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) Stated That He Supported President Trump's Efforts In "Cut[ting] The Red Tape" That Has Blocked Rural Access To Broadband. "'I commend President Trump for doing what he can through executive action to cut the red tape that serves as a roadblock to broadband buildout in our rural communities,' Senator Manchin said." (Press Release, "Manchin Applauds President Trump's Executive Action To Streamline Broadband Buildout In Rural Communities," Sen. Joe Manchin , 1/10/18)

In January 2018, Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) Stated That Due To The Condition Of Bridges In Ohio, He Was "Ready To Work With The President to Make This Investment A Top Priority." "'This report is the latest example of why Ohioans so badly need updated bridges to get them to and from work, school and the doctor,' said Brown. 'I hope President Trump will lay out a plan to rebuild the nation's bridges, and invest in our entire infrastructure system, from roads to affordable housing to schools. Infrastructure investment will create jobs and grow the U.S. economy. I'm ready to work with the President to make this investment a top priority, but it needs to be new investment, not a plan that steals money from current programs that help our towns and cities.'" (Press Release, "Latest Bridge Analysis Underscores Need For Brown's Legislation To Update, Repair Ohio Bridges," Sen. Sherrod Brown , 1/29/18)

RED STATE DEMOCRATS HAVE EVEN AGREED WITH SEVERAL PLANKS OF PRESIDENT TRUMP'S INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN

Red State Democrats Have Touted The Benefits That Investments In Transportation And Broadband Have On Rural Areas, Noting They "Stronger Rural Communities" And "Create Jobs"

In June 2005, Brown Stated That If People Cared About "Bringing Up The Level Of Living" Then People Should Invest In Rural Roads, Schools And Water Systems. SENATOR SHERROD BROWN (D-OH): "That if we really care about bringing up the level of living, frankly, the way you do that is you invest in the simple things. You invest in rural roads and in rural schools and in rural water systems and definitely health care systems." (Rep. Sherrod Brown, Congressional Record , 6/22/05, p. H4973)

In February 2013, Tester Claimed That Investing In Rural Infrastructure Projects Like Clean Water, Roads, And Bridges "Builds Stronger Rural Communities That Grow, Create Jobs, And Turn Challenges Into Opportunities." "'My message in Washington is this: smart investments in rural America are not wasteful spending,' Tester told the audience. 'Investing in clean water, in roads and bridges, builds stronger rural communities that grow, create jobs, and turn challenges into opportunities.'" (Press Release, "Tester Addresses Rural Water Systems Conference," Sen. Jon Tester , 2/21/13)

In July 2015, Senator Joe Donnelly (D-IN) Claimed That Investing In Infrastructure Such As Bus Transit Was "Important To Our Country's Economy And Everyday Life Of Families Across The Nation" Including The Urban And Rural Communities Of Indiana. "Donnelly said, 'Investing in infrastructure, like bus transit, is important to our country's economy and the everyday life of families across the nation. Many Hoosiers and Americans - in cities big and small, urban and rural - rely on buses to travel to work, take their kids to school, or go to the doctor. Unfortunately, many of the buses that people depend on every day are in marginal or poor condition, which potentially could lead to services being cut or unsafe buses being on the road. We should not allow that to happen.'" (Press Release, "Donnelly, Moran: Ensure Bus Transit Can Continue To Be Efficient, Safe," Sen. Joe Donnelly , 7/24/15)

In December 2015, Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) Praised An Infrastructure Bill That Would Provide Florida With Billions Of Dollars To Repair Roads And Bridges, An Appropriation That Nelson Asserted Would "Create Jobs." SENATOR BILL NELSON (D-FL): "Because of this bill, we are going to provide States and communities with over $300 billion over 5 years to repair the roads and bridges of this country and greatly improve rail and port projects, and as a result, we are going to create jobs. In my State of Florida, this translates to $12 million that can be used for improvements on Interstate 95, Interstate 75, and projects, such as SunRail, Tri-rail, and the streetcars in Fort Lauderdale." (Sen. Bill Nelson, Congressional Record , 12/3/15, p. S8365)

In October 2017, Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) Stated That The Federal Government "Must Continue To Invest In Rural Towns All Across North Dakota." "U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp announced three federal grants totaling over $1.5 million for New England, Harvey, and New Town to maintain, rebuild, and upgrade their water infrastructure. 'Growing up in small town in rural North Dakota showed me first-hand that when everyone works together, we can get things done,' said Heitkamp. 'Making sure we continue this tradition means we must continue to invest in rural towns all across North Dakota.'" (Press Release, "Heitkamp Announces Federal Funding For Water Infrastructure For New England, Harvey, & New Town," Sen. Heidi Heitkamp , 10/4/17)

In February 2018, Nelson Claimed That Modernizing The Transportation And Communications Network In The U.S. Would "Create More Jobs And Maintain Our Leadership In The Global Economy." "'Modernizing our transportation and communication networks is something we all agree the U.S. desperately needs in order to create more jobs and maintain our leadership in the global economy,' said Nelson." (Press Release, "Thune And Nelson Statements On White House Infrastructure Proposal," Sen. John Thune , 2/12/18)

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

In April 2013, Manchin Claimed That Improving The Public Water Systems Was "Critical To Protecting The Health And Wellbeing" Of West Virginians "Especially In Our Rural Communities." "'Improving our public water systems is critical to protecting the health and wellbeing of West Virginians across the state, especially in our rural communities,' Manchin said." (Press Release, "Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce USDA Project Funding For Water And Wastewater Infrastructure," Sen. Joe Manchin , 4/22/13)

In June 2017, Stabenow Claimed Rural Communities Should Have "The Tools They Need To Succeed" Such As Improved Water And Sewer Systems, Broadband Access And Telemedicine. "U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) released a statement following a speech by President Trump today discussing his infrastructure proposal: 'I intend to work with President Trump and his Administration on an infrastructure plan that benefits people in Michigan and across the country. It is so important to Michigan that we upgrade our aging Soo Locks and our Great Lakes harbors. We must also provide our small towns and rural communities with the tools they need to succeed, like improved water and sewer systems, broadband access and telemedicine." (Press Release, "Stabenow Statement on President Trump's Infrastructure Proposal," Sen. Debbie Stabenow , 6/7/17)

In June 2017, Heitkamp Stated That Every Small And Rural Town "Need[ed] A Solid Foundation To Grow Families, Businesses, And A Way Of Life" And That Included Reliable Water Systems. "'Every small and rural town needs a solid foundation to grow families, businesses, and a way of life - that's why I've been fighting so hard for reliable water systems across our state,' said Heitkamp." (Press Release, "Heitkamp Helps Secure $24.4 Million To Improve Rural Water Infrastructure In North Dakota," Sen. Heidi Heitkamp , 6/20/17)

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 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 July 2015, Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) Stated That "Expanding And Improving Broadband Service Is Vital To Growing Rural Economies In Wisconsin." "'The internet is built for faster speeds, and if we don't keep up the pace of investment in rural communities, they will be left behind. Expanding and improving broadband service is vital to growing rural economies in Wisconsin and this is important support for our state,' said Senator Baldwin, a member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture." (Press Release, "U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Applauds USDA Funding For Rural Broadband In Wisconsin," Sen. Tammy Baldwin , 7/24/15)

In December 2016, Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) Stated That Access To Broadband And Access To Telecommunication "Are Essential" To Every American And Claimed That "Pennsylvania's Rural Residents Need This Funding." "Casey wrote, 'Access to broadband and advanced telecommunication technology are essential to full participation in economic and social life for every American. Pennsylvania has demonstrated a long-term commitment to achieving the goal of universal service so a family farmer in Susquehanna County has the same opportunity to compete and succeed as a graphic designer in Philadelphia…..Pennsylvania's rural residents need this funding." (Press Release, "Casey: Invest Full Broadband Funds In Pennsylvania," Sen. Bob Casey , 12/22/16)

In January 2018, Manchin Stated That He Supported President Trump's Efforts In "Cut[ting] The Red Tap" That Has Blocked Rural Access To Broadband. "'I commend President Trump for doing what he can through executive action to cut the red tape that serves as a roadblock to broadband buildout in our rural communities,' Senator Manchin said." (Press Release, "Manchin Applauds President Trump's Executive Action To Streamline Broadband Buildout In Rural Communities," Sen. Joe Manchin , 1/10/18)

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

In Pennsylvania, The Top Three Requested Statewide Infrastructure Projects Will Cost At Least $6.2 Billion

In Pennsylvania, Unions Asked For $3 Billion For The Mariner East 2 Pipeline. (Will Craft, "More Than 500 Infrastructure Projects Are Pitched To Trump, Who Will Favor Private Money And Speed," APM , 5/11/17)

  • In 2016, After The Completion Of The First Phase Of The Mariner East Pipeline, Senator Bob Casey Stated That The Creation Of The Pipeline Would "Help Create Jobs" And That He Would "Continue To Support Efforts To Strengthen Our Economy." "U.S. Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr., said: 'The completion of Mariner East 1 will help create jobs in manufacturing, engineering, and operations for many Pennsylvanians,' Senator Casey said. 'I will continue to support efforts to strengthen our economy while helping to make Delaware County an important energy hub in the United States.'" (Press Release, "Mariner East 1 Pipeline Links Marcellus Shale To East Coast With Introduction Of Ethane Shipments To Marcus Hook; Mariner East 2 Key To Further Economic Development In Pennsylvania," Business Wire , 3/10/16)

In Pennsylvania, Unions Asked $1.6 Billion For The Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline. (Will Craft, "More Than 500 Infrastructure Projects Are Pitched To Trump, Who Will Favor Private Money And Speed," APM , 5/11/17)

In Pennsylvania, Unions Asked For $1.6 Billion For The Penn East Pipeline. (Will Craft, "More Than 500 Infrastructure Projects Are Pitched To Trump, Who Will Favor Private Money And Speed," APM , 5/11/17)

In Michigan, The Top Three Requested Statewide Infrastructure Projects Will Cost At Least $580 Million

In Michigan, The State Of Michigan, The National Governor's Association, The Trump Administration, And Infrastructure Consultants Asked $580 Million For The Soo Locks Modernization Project. (Will Craft, "More Than 500 Infrastructure Projects Are Pitched To Trump, Who Will Favor Private Money And Speed," APM , 5/11/17)

  • In 2018, Senator Stabenow Claimed The Additional Funds For The Soo Locks Could "Provide An Economic Benefit Of More Than $1.7 Billion." "According to a recent study by the Department of Treasury, a $600 million investment to modernize the Soo Locks could provide an economic benefit of more than $1.7 billion. At the same time, funding is needed to dredge Michigan's shallow-draft harbors that are critical to recreational navigation, public safety, and the economies of Michigan's local communities." (Sen. Debbie Stabenow, Letter To President Donald Trump , 1/29/18)

In Michigan, The State Of Michigan Asked For Funds For Broadband. (Will Craft, "More Than 500 Infrastructure Projects Are Pitched To Trump, Who Will Favor Private Money And Speed," APM , 5/11/17)

In Michigan, The State Of Michigan And The National Governor's Association Asked For Funds For The Brandon Road Lock And Dam. (Will Craft, "More Than 500 Infrastructure Projects Are Pitched To Trump, Who Will Favor Private Money And Speed," APM , 5/11/17)

In Wisconsin, The Top Three Requested Statewide Infrastructure Projects Will Cost At Least $750 Million

In Wisconsin, The National Governor's Association And The State Of Wisconsin Asked For $300 Million For The I-94 North South Corridor Section Of Highway. (Will Craft, "More Than 500 Infrastructure Projects Are Pitched To Trump, Who Will Favor Private Money And Speed," APM , 5/11/17)

In Wisconsin, The National Governor's Association And The State Of Wisconsin Asked For $300 Million For The Zoo Interchange North Leg. (Will Craft, "More Than 500 Infrastructure Projects Are Pitched To Trump, Who Will Favor Private Money And Speed," APM , 5/11/17)

In Wisconsin, The National Governor's Association And The State Of Wisconsin Asked For $150 Million For The Expansion Of I-39/90. (Will Craft, "More Than 500 Infrastructure Projects Are Pitched To Trump, Who Will Favor Private Money And Speed," APM , 5/11/17)

In Indiana, The Top Three Requested Statewide Infrastructure Projects Will Cost Potentially Millions

In Indiana, The National Governor's Association And The State Of Indiana Asked For Funds For The Section 6 Of I-69. (Will Craft, "More Than 500 Infrastructure Projects Are Pitched To Trump, Who Will Favor Private Money And Speed," APM , 5/11/17)

In Indiana, The National Governor's Association And The State Of Indiana Asked For Funds For The US-31 Freeway. (Will Craft, "More Than 500 Infrastructure Projects Are Pitched To Trump, Who Will Favor Private Money And Speed," APM , 5/11/17)

In Indiana, The National Governor's Association And The State Of Indiana Asked For Funds For The South Shore Line Double-Track. (Will Craft, "More Than 500 Infrastructure Projects Are Pitched To Trump, Who Will Favor Private Money And Speed," APM , 5/11/17)

  • In 2018, Senator Donnelly Claimed That The Addition Of A Double-Track On The South Shore Line, Which He Supports, Would "Cause Dramatic Growth Throughout Our Region [Indiana]." "The addition of the South Shore Line West Lake Expansion championed by U.S Rep. Pete Visclosky , D-Gary, which Donnelly also supports, and double tracking project to Michigan City and South Bend will help spur additional growth and opportunity. For instance once double-tracking is complete, Michigan City will be a shorter trip to Chicago via train than Naperville, Ill., where the average home prices are higher, he said. 'This will cause dramatic growth throughout our region,' Donnelly said." (Carrie Napoleon, "Sen. Donnelly Promotes Northwest Indiana's Future; Cites Airport, Rail Growth," Chicago Tribune , 2/16/18)

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)

In West Virginia, The Top Three Requested Statewide Infrastructure Projects Will Cost At Least $9.2 Billion

In West Virginia, The Trump Administration, Unions, And Infrastructure Consultants Asked For $5 Billion For The Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (Will Craft, "More Than 500 Infrastructure Projects Are Pitched To Trump, Who Will Favor Private Money And Speed," APM , 5/11/17)

  • In 2014, Four Major Energy Companies Announced Their Plan To Build The Atlantic Pipeline. "On Tuesday, four major energy companies - Dominion, Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas and AGL Resources announced a joint venture to build the Atlantic Coast Pipeline - formerly known as the Southeast Reliability Project." ("Manchin Discusses Proposed Gas Pipelines," The Pocahontas Times , 9/3/14)
  • In 2014, Manchin Stated That The Pipeline Would "Give Us [West Virginians] A Chance To Rebuild Our Manufacturing Base." "Manchin proposed a moratorium on natural gas exports. 'Now that we have this tremendous find again, I've said be very careful,' he said. 'Wouldn't it be great if we said we have a limit or a scope of how long we're going to do it, for a period of, let's say 10 years. That'll give us a chance to rebuild our manufacturing base. It will give us a chance to maybe alter into some transportation fuels, using compressed natural gas.'"("Manchin Discusses Proposed Gas Pipelines," The Pocahontas Times , 9/3/14)

In West Virginia, Unions Asked For $3 Billion For The Mariner East 2 Pipeline. (Will Craft, "More Than 500 Infrastructure Projects Are Pitched To Trump, Who Will Favor Private Money And Speed," APM , 5/11/17)

In West Virginia, Unions Asked For $1.2 Billion For Mountain Valley Pipeline. (Will Craft, "More Than 500 Infrastructure Projects Are Pitched To Trump, Who Will Favor Private Money And Speed," APM , 5/11/17)

In North Dakota, The Top Three Requested Statewide Infrastructure Projects Will Cost At Least $2.4 Billion

In North Dakota, The Trump Administration, The State Of North Dakota, And Unions Asked For $1.75 Billion For Fargo-Moorhead Metro Area Flood Risk Management. (Will Craft, "More Than 500 Infrastructure Projects Are Pitched To Trump, Who Will Favor Private Money And Speed," APM , 5/11/17)

  • In 2015, Heitkamp Stated That She Supported "Early, Long-Term Investments" In Flood Protection In The Fargo-Moorhead Area. "North Dakota communities have proven their resilience time and again - through storms and high water,' said Heitkamp. 'We work together best when we work together - and that's an example I hope our federal partners will take into serious consideration when we look ahead. As extreme weather closes in more across the nation each year, we need to prepare our neighborhoods and cities with the best possible defense. By partnering with our private and federal allies, we can build a sturdy flood protection project in the Fargo-Moorhead area that will prevent the dire and long-lasting consequences flood damage has on businesses and communities. That's why I've been pushing for early, long-term investments that will prevent such calamitous outcomes - together, we can help our communities weather the storm.'" (Press Release, "Heitkamp Reinforces Need For Public-Private Partnerships In Fargo-Moorhead Diversion," Sen. Heidi Heitkamp , 5/6/15)

In North Dakota, The State Of North Dakota Asked For $325 Million For Mouse River Enhanced Flood Protection. (Will Craft, "More Than 500 Infrastructure Projects Are Pitched To Trump, Who Will Favor Private Money And Speed," APM , 5/11/17)

In North Dakota, The State Of North Dakota Asked For $230 Million For The Rehabilitation Of ND 1804. (Will Craft, "More Than 500 Infrastructure Projects Are Pitched To Trump, Who Will Favor Private Money And Speed," APM , 5/11/17)

In Ohio, The Top Three Requested Statewide Infrastructure Projects Will Cost At Least $5.6 Billion

In Ohio, The Trump Administration Asked For $3 Billion For The Mariner East 2 Gas Pipeline. (Will Craft, "More Than 500 Infrastructure Projects Are Pitched To Trump, Who Will Favor Private Money And Speed," APM , 5/11/17)

In Ohio, The National Governor's Association, The State Of Ohio, The Trump Administration, And Infrastructure Consultants Asked For $2.5 Billion For The Brent Spence Bridge. (Will Craft, "More Than 500 Infrastructure Projects Are Pitched To Trump, Who Will Favor Private Money And Speed," APM , 5/11/17)

In Ohio, The Trump Administration Asked For $100 Million For The Ohio Waste-To-Energy Facility. (Will Craft, "More Than 500 Infrastructure Projects Are Pitched To Trump, Who Will Favor Private Money And Speed," APM , 5/11/17)

  • In 2017, Brown Stated That Resources That Would Keep Animal Waste Out Of The Water Sources Would "Create Jobs" And "Provide New Opportunities For Farmers And Wastewater Sites." "U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Pat Roberts (R-KS) today introduced bipartisan legislation to invest in biogas technologies, giving farmers and wastewater plants new opportunities to turn waste into useable products like biogas. This bill would create jobs and help keep water sources free of animal and other waste. 'Keeping animal waste out of our water is one of the easiest ways we can guard against polluted runoff that causes harmful algal blooms and pollutes Lake Erie,' said Brown. 'This will not only be good for our water, but will help create jobs by providing new opportunities for farmers and wastewater sites to tap into the biogas market.'" (Press Release, "Brown Introduces Bipartisan Bill To Help Farmers, Wastewater Plants Turn Waste Into Biogas," Sen. Sherrod Brown , 4/27/17)

In Florida, The Top Three Requested Statewide Infrastructure Projects Will Cost At Least $7.93 Billion

In Florida, The Trump Administration And Infrastructure Consultants Asked For $6.4 Billion For The Florida High-Speed Rail Project. (Will Craft, "More Than 500 Infrastructure Projects Are Pitched To Trump, Who Will Favor Private Money And Speed," APM , 5/11/17)

  • In 2011, Nelson Called High-Speed Rail An "Economic Opportunity For Florida" And A Way To "Foster Growth." "High-speed rail is not a partisan issue. It is an economic opportunity for Florida. It is a way to fortify our state's transportation network and foster growth." (Press Release, "High Speed Rail In Florida," Sen. Bill Nelson , 2/25/11)

In Florida, The State Of Florida Asked For $900 Million For The Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Program. (Will Craft, "More Than 500 Infrastructure Projects Are Pitched To Trump, Who Will Favor Private Money And Speed," APM , 5/11/17)

In Florida, The State Of Florida Asked For $629 Million For The SR 869/SW 10th Street. (Will Craft, "More Than 500 Infrastructure Projects Are Pitched To Trump, Who Will Favor Private Money And Speed," APM , 5/11/17)


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