December 20, 2017

Duckworth Calls for Investments in Infrastructure, Not Giveaways for Millionaires


[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – Today at a Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee hearing, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) questioned several key officials from the transportation industry about the critical need to upgrade America’s rapidly aging infrastructure systems. She also called into question President Trump and Congressional Republicans’ push for a tax reform bill that provides wealthy Americans and large corporations with tax cuts at the expense of the middle class instead of working to provide much-needed funding to modernize the country’s transportation systems. Video of Duckworth’s remarks at today’s hearing can be viewed here.

“My concern is that the President has secured now a $1.5 trillion tax cut that is geared toward large corporations and the ultra-wealthy,” Duckworth said at the hearing. “I hope that we can finally see the details of President Trump’s plan to rebuild our aging infrastructure. Unfortunately, the President and his allies have prioritized a trickle-down shell game over building up the middle class through the proven economic engine of infrastructure investment.”

At today’s hearing, Duckworth also reiterated her call for President Trump to reveal his long-awaited plan that will overhaul and invest in America’s infrastructure and transportation systems. This past October, Duckworth joined Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) and the Democratic members of the EPW Committee in asking the Trump Administration to finally reveal its infrastructure investment plan. However, the Trump Administration has yet to announce any infrastructure proposals that would fulfill the President’s frequent campaign promise.