April 29, 2019
Democratic Leaders Say a Comprehensive Bipartisan Bill on Infrastructure Must Include New and Real Revenue; Be Comprehensive and Include Clean Energy and Resiliency Priorities; Strong Buy America, Labor And Women, Veteran and Minority-Owned Business Protections
Washington, D.C. – Ahead of tomorrow’s Democrat-requested meeting at the White House to discuss infrastructure, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) sent a new letter today to President Trump to state their commitment to working together to pass a bold, comprehensive, bipartisan infrastructure bill and urge the president to take under consideration some of their priorities for any bipartisan infrastructure bill. Specifically, Speaker Pelosi and Leader Schumer say a comprehensive infrastructure bill must include new and real revenue, clean energy and resiliency priorities, and strong Buy America, labor, and women, veteran and minority-owned business protections. The Democratic leaders also say that to truly be a gamechanger for the American people, the legislation should go beyond transportation and into broadband, water, energy, schools, housing, and other initiatives, as well as invest in resiliency and risk mitigation of the nation’s current infrastructure to deal with climate change.
The Democrats’ letter to President Trump can be found here and below:
April 29, 2019
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Northwest
Washington, D.C. 20500
Dear Mr. President:
We look forward to meeting you on Tuesday to discuss plans to rebuild America’s infrastructure and create millions of good-paying jobs.
As you know, the issue of infrastructure is a bipartisan Congressional priority and we believe there are significant majorities in both the House and Senate to take action on the issue.
This bipartisanship is a reflection of the American people’s recognition of the need to rebuild our infrastructure to promote commerce, create jobs, advance public health with clean air and clean water, and make our transportation systems safer — indeed, to improve the quality of life of all Americans.
In light of our commitment to work with you to pass a comprehensive infrastructure bill, we urge you to consider the following priorities:
- America’s unmet infrastructure needs are massive, and a bipartisan infrastructure package must meet those needs with substantial, new and real revenue. We look forward to hearing your ideas on how to pay for this package to ensure that it is big and bold enough to meet our country’s needs.
- A big and bold infrastructure package must be comprehensive and include clean energy and resiliency priorities. To truly be a gamechanger for the American people, we should go beyond transportation and into broadband, water, energy, schools, housing and other initiatives. We must also invest in resiliency and risk mitigation of our current infrastructure to deal with climate change.
- A big and bold infrastructure plan must have strong Buy America, labor, and women, veteran and minority-owned business protections in any package. This bill can and should be a major jobs and ownership boost for the American people – manufacturers, labor contractors, and women, veteran and minority-owned businesses.
Thank you for your consideration of some of our priorities, which we wanted you to be aware of before the meeting.
We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday.