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Dear Heidi Heitkamp: 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. Heidi Heitkamp 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.

Heidi Heitkamp has agreed that investments in transportation, water infrastructure and broadband are important for North Dakotans. So, will Heitkamp 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 including Heidi Heitkamp Have Touted The Benefits That Investments In Transportation And Broadband Have On Rural Areas, Noting They "Stronger Rural Communities" And "Create Jobs"

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

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)

Quality infrastructure is integral to North Dakota’s rural communities and economy. Tell Heidi Heitkamp to stand with President Trump and the GOP-led Congress to provide quality of life improvements for North Dakotans.

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


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