U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) joined three of his Republican colleagues today
in unveiling a framework
to improve the nation’s infrastructure
. The Republican infrastructure
framework, which includes $568 billion in infrastructure investments over a
five-year period, will serve as a guide as the Senate continues to develop
bipartisan bills that will go through regular order. This is the largest
infrastructure investment that Republicans have ever put forth.
Americans think of rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure, they think of fixing
roads, bridges, airports, ports, and waterways—not expanding the welfare state
as the Democrats have proposed. This Republican proposal sensibly rebuilds the
nation’s real infrastructure without raising taxes or increasing the debt,” Senator
Senator Toomey were Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W. Va.), Roger Wicker
(R-Miss.), and John Barrasso (R-Wyo.).
and Democrats agree that our infrastructure is in need of repair and expansion.
We have an opportunity to develop bipartisan legislation that makes these
long-term investments, while at the same time driving job creation and economic
growth. But, it’s important that any infrastructure legislation have adequate
funding levels and not be so large as to fail to launch, which means sticking
to actual infrastructure. That’s why our framework works. It serves as a
realistic, thoughtful approach that addresses the core areas of infrastructure
that we all agree upon. Infrastructure is the perfect opportunity to show the
American people we can work together. We’ve done it before, and we can do it
again. As we continue to move forward with this process, my colleagues and I
look forward to further conversations with the White House and our Democratic
colleagues in hopes of reaching a bipartisan agreement that will improve the
nation’s infrastructure in all states and communities,” Senator Capito said.
“There is a long and proven track record of
Congress working on infrastructure in a bipartisan way,” Senator Wicker said.
“We are putting a good faith infrastructure plan on the table and are prepared
to begin negotiations with President Biden and Congressional Democrats
immediately. Congress has worked together in the past to rebuild America’s
infrastructure and can do so again.”
are serious about fixing America’s infrastructure,” Senator Barrasso said.
“Our framework is focused and fiscally responsible. President Biden’s plan is a
slush fund for liberal spending. The American people want to see their roads,
bridges, waterways, airports, water storage, and broadband upgraded. Our plan
will remove regulatory barriers that stand in the way of these projects and
important energy infrastructure. Democrats should work with us to find a
Senate Republicans believe that our
infrastructure needs to be rebuilt, expanded, and brought into the 21st century
with a forward-leaning vision. Congress and the Biden administration should
reach a bipartisan agreement that will improve the infrastructure in all states
and communities, while achieving important national goals. Those goals must be
- Boost economic
growth and global competitiveness and create jobs.
- Improve the
quality of life for all Americans.
- Strengthen our
national security and continue to improve safety.
our ability to respond to and withstand extreme weather events and natural
disasters and protect the environment.
The framework unveiled today is meant to
serve as a guide as Congress continues to develop bipartisan bills that move by
regular order. The framework defines infrastructure as: roads and bridges;
public transit systems; rail; safety; drinking water and wastewater
infrastructure; inland waterways and ports; airports; broadband infrastructure;
and water storage.
framework includes $568 billion in infrastructure investments over a five-year
period through renewed federal policies and programs.
- · Roads and Bridges – $299 billion
- Public Transit Systems – $61 billion
- Rail – $20 billion
- Safety – $13 billion
- Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure – $35 billion
- Inland Waterways and Ports – $17 billion
- Airports – $44 billion
- Broadband Infrastructure (additional
funding) – $65 billion
- Water Storage – $14 billion
here for more details on the Republican infrastructure