- The Washington Times - Monday, February 12, 2018

President Trump’s $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan received a cool reception Monday from Democrats on Capitol Hill.

Sen. Ron Wyden, the top Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, called it a “broken promise” to rebuild America’s crumbling roads, bridges, railways and airports.

“It is a plan for wealthy investors who only care about wasting taxpayer dollars to fund their privatization schemes,” the Oregon Democrat said in a statement. “$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.”

Mr. Wyden said the president was “looking under couch cushions and chairs for spare change while forcing communities and cities to hike taxes and charge Trump tolls.”

The White House rolled out the long-awaited infrastructure plan Monday, seeking $200 billion in new spending to leverage a total $1.5 trillion investment by state and local governments over 10 years.

The plan relies heavily on reforming the federal approval process that the White House blames for stymieing projects and driving up costs.

Democratic leaders have called for $1 trillion in direct federal spending to rebuild infrastructure.

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