02/09/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/09/2018 17:02
Transformational Infrastructure Plan is 5x the Size of President Trump's Plan; Will Create 16 Million American Jobs
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04), a member the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, announced House Democrats' bold new plan for a $1 trillion federal investment to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure - five times more than the paltry sum offered in President Trump's rumored plan. Democrats' A Better Deal to Rebuild America will create more than 16 million new good-paying American jobs, while unlocking the economic potential of communities and bringing in revenue to the Treasury.
'America's infrastructure was once the envy of the world but is now crumbling, leading to more time stuck in traffic and more money wasted every day,' said Rep. Johnson. 'Americans deserve a robust, innovative infrastructure agenda that will make real investments to modernize and upgrade our roads, bridges and schools and expand broadband across the nation. Our plan will also modernize and upgrade our airports, sea ports, drinking and wastewater infrastructure, and energy infrastructure. A Better Deal to Rebuild America will create economic security for the American people who need it the most by lowering costs for consumers and creating jobs in every community throughout Georgia and across the country.'
A Better Deal to Rebuild America will boost local economies and generate billions of dollars in new economic activity without adding to the deficit. The infrastructure plan will invest in American iron and steel and new American-made green infrastructure materials to ensure opportunities for workers and small business owners in Georgia's Fourth District. The plan will ensure projects advance quickly, while maintaining key environmental protections and labor standards.
With 14.5 million workers - 11 percent of the US workforce - directly employed in infrastructure jobs and the average American family spending more than $9,500 per year on transportation costs, the value of rebuilding and renewing our nation's transportation infrastructure is clear. At the same time, the price of failing to build, maintain and repair our transportation infrastructure costs American families $3,400 dollars each year and places 2.5 million jobs in jeopardy between now and 2025.