Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) heaved the first blow against President Donald Trump's long-awaited infrastructure proposal e proposal that was introduced on Monday, calling it nothing more than an appeasement to his political allies.
The plan hopes to generate $1.5 trillion in infrastructure spending, with states and localities doing much of the heavy lifting. Schumer blasted the administration's plan in a brief statement released on Monday.
“The president’s infrastructure proposal would do very little to make our ailing infrastructure better, but would put unsustainable burdens on our local government and lead to Trump tolls all over the country, all while undermining important protections like Buy America," the top Democrat in the Senate wrote.
Schumer called the plan an attempt to “appease his political allies, not to rebuild the country.”
“Democrats want to work in a bipartisan way to improve our infrastructure, which is why we put forward a real plan that would expand access to high-speed internet across the country, rebuild our roads and bridges, and modernize our electric grid while creating millions of good-paying, middle-class jobs,” he added.
"Unfortunately, the president’s plan falls short on all these fronts.”
The top Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), also lambasted the president's new infrastructure plan, deeming it a “broken promise.”
“It is a plan for wealthy investors who only care about wasting taxpayer dollars to fund their privatization schemes,” the Oregon senator said Monday. ”$200 billion is a drop in the bucket compared to the $1.5 trillion Republicans in Congress just spent to slash taxes for multinational corporations and the donor class."
However, some Republicans remain hopeful that the new plan will ignite discussions that will lead to rebuilding roads and bridges across the United States. Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) called the plan “a good starting point for discussion.”
“I am also glad to see the administration is making infrastructure permitting reform a priority,” Portman added. "I look forward to working with the administration and my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to develop legislation on these issues in the coming months.”