Democrats Slam Trump Budget, Infrastructure Plan

16 February, 2018, 06:59 | Author: Edward Snyder
  • Bernie Sanders

"President Trump came back to the idea of a 25 cent increase several times throughout the meeting", Carper said in a statement.

On Capitol Hill, Michigan Congressman Dan Kildee, a Democrat, said the president's long-awaited infrastructure plan falls short. "The president even offered to help provide the leadership necessary so that we could do something that has proven hard in the past".

He told lawmakers and senior White House officials that he endorses a gas tax hike, sources familiar with the meeting told Axios.

Conservative groups warned against the calls for a tax increase. The donation announced today in the White House briefing room comes a day after Trump released a plan to rebuild crumbling roads, bridges and ports.

The president repeatedly raised the prospect of a 25-cent hike for both the diesel and gasoline tax, said Sen.

"It's important to build roads and bridges", says Benjamin, but "it's also important to give people ladders of opportunity so they can earn a living and house their families and feed their families".

"He talked about having an infrastructure plan but what we got was really paper thin", he said.

The White House proposal is silent on what the administration would do about the Highway Trust Fund, which finances most highway and transit projects through the fuel taxes. He said there was discussion during the meeting about funding.

Republicans might not be so willing to go with a plan that shifts the infrastructure funding burden to state and local taxpayers, but some members of the GOP caucus are also loathe to raise federal revenues, especially the gas tax, which hasn't been increased in 25 years and now falls short of raising enough money for existing transportation programs.

Congress has transferred almost $140 billion to the Highway Trust Fund since 2008.

South Dakota Senator John Thune said the president's vision brings lots of money to rural communities, places that have been overlooked for years.

Earlier this month, Trump asked for a military parade and the Pentagon was reviewing potential dates, according to Pentagon spokesman Charlie Summers.



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