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DeFazio: Trump Budget Exposes The Trillion-Dollar Transportation Plan Is a Sham

May 23, 2017
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DeFazio: Trump Budget Exposes The Trillion-Dollar Transportation Plan Is a Sham

Washington, D.C. -- Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) issued the following statement following the release of the Trump Administration’s Fiscal Year 2018 Budget.

“In his Fiscal Year 2018 Budget, the President envisions solving our infrastructure woes by slashing real investments to States and cities, pushing the responsibility off Federal balance sheets, and replacing it with unidentified incentives for Wall Street investors to invest in transportation.

“The Trump Budget violates the bipartisan FAST Act funding levels and slashes Federal-aid highway, transit, and highway safety guaranteed funding from the Highway Trust Fund by $95 billion over ten years. The Budget pretends to increase infrastructure investments by $200 billion, but that is a sham—it provides just $5 billion in infrastructure investment in FY 2018. The ‘$200 billion investment’ is a 10-year figure with zero details about how or where that money is spent.

“The Budget also proposes to slash funding for transit New Start projects by more than $1 billion. By eliminating any new projects, the Trump Budget would kill 56 transit projects that are currently in the pipeline, many of them almost ready for a Federal funding commitment. Moreover, it eliminates TIGER grants that create jobs and spur economic growth in our communities.

“The Trump Budget guts funding for essential air service to 173 rural communities and eliminates all funding for long-distance trains, jeopardizing rural economic development by severing access to the national transportation system. In addition, the Budget cut the already inadequate funding for our nation’s locks, dams, levees, and ports with major cuts to the Army Corps of Engineers Budget. 

 “The Trump Budget proposes to privatize our nation’s air traffic control system—a plan that even the Administration admits will increase the deficit by $46 billion over the next 10 years. It cuts the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Operations Budget by $135 million in FY 2018, jeopardizing safety-critical FAA functions, and reduces FAA investments in research, development, and equipment.

“This Budget does not make good on the President’s promises when it comes to transportation. Instead, it provides billions in cuts in real infrastructure investment for the promise of a measly $5 billion in FY 2018 for Wall Street investors.”

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115th Congress