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Dear Sherrod Brown: Don’t Put #Resistance First On Infrastructure

Ellie Hockenbury - 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. Sherrod Brown 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.

Sherrod Brown has agreed that investments in transportation and water infrastructure are important for rural Ohioans. So, will Brown finally work with President Trump and Congress to deliver another win for the American people? Or will he continue partisan games at his constituents’ expense?

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

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 including Sherrod Brown Have Touted The Benefits That Investments In Transportation And Broadband Have On Rural Areas, Noting They Build "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 THEIR STATES, RED STATE DEMOCRATS HAVE VARIOUS INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS THEY SUPPORT THAT ARE IN DIRE NEED OF FEDERAL FUNDING

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)

Quality infrastructure is integral to Ohio’s rural communities and economy. Tell Sherrod Brown to stand with President Trump and the GOP-led Congress to provide quality of life improvements for Ohioans.

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