With too many roads and bridges crumbling around the country and a power grid waiting to enter the 21st century, we need robust investments in our transportation and energy infrastructure. For too long, Congress has relied on irresponsible, stop-gap measures that hinder economic growth and make it more difficult to ship American products domestically and overseas.
New Democrats are willing to work with anyone to revitalize our nation’s infrastructure and provide the necessary foundation for robust growth and new jobs. The White House has expressed interest in a trillion dollar infrastructure package, and New Dems stand ready to find agreement on a visionary plan that brings our infrastructure system into the 21st century and once again makes American businesses the most competitive in the world.
This year, New Democrat Coalition Members sent a letter to President Trump on the opportunity to move a big infrastructure package tied with tax reform. The New Democrat Coalition’s 21st Century Infrastructure Task Force Co-Chairs Reps. John Delaney, Elizabeth Esty, Stacey Plaskett, and Norma Torres led the letter.
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Today, New Democrat Coalition Members sent a letter to Secretary Elaine Chao urging her to take immediate action in implementing existing law to expedite project approvals. The U.S. Department of Transportation, with the support of Congress, has authority to take action on bipartisan streamlining reforms, yet the Department has not utilized the tools at its disposal to improve the federal permitting process and avoid duplicative efforts.
Moderate Dems huddle with White House as outlook dims
Nick Sobczyk, E&E News reporter
Moderate Democrats want the White House to know they're interested in working on infrastructure, even as the congressional outlook dims for President Trump's plan.
Members of the New Democrat Coalition yesterday huddled over lunch with D.J. Gribbin, a special assistant to the president who has been serving as the Trump administration's point person on infrastructure.
The New Democrat Coalition’s 21st Century Infrastructure Task Force, Co-Chaired by Reps. John Delaney, Elizabeth Esty, Stacey Plaskett, and Norma Torres, along with Chair Jim Himes, released the following statement on President Trump’s infrastructure plan:
Today, the New Democrat Coalition 21st Century Infrastructure Task Force, along with Chair Jim Himes, released a set of priorities to increase long-term federal investments in all types of infrastructure. We need to modernize America’s infrastructure, create an infrastructure bank, incentivize rebuilding communities of need, and encourage innovation and reform.
The New Democrat Coalition released a set of principles to increase long-term federal investments in infrastructure improvements. Infrastructure projects are consistently evaluated as the best return on government investments, and with all the devastation that many of our cities and towns have faced in recent weeks, infrastructure investment is more important now than ever.
Today, 46 New Democrat Coalition Members sent a letter to President Trump on the opportunity to move a big infrastructure package tied with tax reform. For too long, Congress has relied on irresponsible, stop-gap measures that hinder economic growth and make it more difficult to revitalize our outdated infrastructure and Byzantine tax code.
Co-Chairs: Representatives John Delaney, Elizabeth Esty, Stacey Plaskett, and Norma Torres
The 21st Century Infrastructure Task Force will work to spur investment across the U.S. and modernize our power grid, communications networks, and transportation infrastructure. The task force will also work to identify methods to increase funding for our roads, rails, public transportation systems, bridges, ports, and airports.