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Republican Roadmap for Infrastructure Spending Offered

Fri, April 23, 2021 12:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Republican Senators, lead my Senator Shelly Moore Caputo (R-WV), sent to President Biden a counter proposal with respect to his infrastructure plan.  The GOP spending priorities were laid out in a fact sheet titled “The Republican Roadmap” anticipates spending $568 billion on more narrowly defined infrastructure projects (e.g., roads, bridges, public transit systems, rail, water/wastewater, airports, and broadband) vs. the President’s expansive $2.25 trillion “American Jobs Plan.” The Hill reports the Republican proposal or framework, “would spend $299 billion on roads and bridges, $61 billion on public transit systems, $20 billion on rail, $35 billion on drinking water and wastewater infrastructure, $13 billion on safety programs, such as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, $17 billion on ports and inland waterways, and $44 billion on airports. It also proposes spending $65 billion to beef up and expand the nation’s broadband infrastructure to bring high-speed internet to more rural areas of the country.”  To pay for the scaled down, but still large expenditure, the Republican proposal looks to the traditional revenue sources, along with fees for electric vehicles, and reprogramming unused money recently allocated but not being spent in the recently passed $1.9 trillion “American Rescue Plan.”

For details see: “Republican Roadmap, A Framework to Improve the Nation's Infrastructure"

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