(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the top Democrat on the Senate education and labor committee, gave her strong support to a new jobs and infrastructure plan that includes vital worker protections and funding for workforce training investments, as well as a provision to expand the popular TIGER grant program Senator Murray created in 2009. The Senate Democratic proposal would rebuild our crumbling roads, bridges, airports, schools, VA facilities, and ports, and modernize communities by investing in universal broadband, clean energy, and more.
Read more about the Senate Democratic proposal, Jobs and Infrastructure Plan for America’s Workers, here.
“In order to rebuild our nation’s crumbling infrastructure, we need to invest in our workers by giving them the skills needed to do these jobs and making sure companies are treating workers fairly by giving them a voice, paying them what they deserve, and not putting their lives or safety in danger,” said Senator Murray. “I’m proud these protections and investments are in this infrastructure plan, and I will keep fighting to invest in our workers, rebuild our country’s infrastructure, and strengthen the middle class.”
During the 2016 election, then-candidate Donald Trump promised to invest $1 trillion in America’s aging infrastructure, but the plan he rolled out last month fails to come close to that promise. Not only does his proposal contain a fraction of his original federal investment figure ($200 billion), it creates yet another excuse to line the pockets of corporations through privatization schemes that hurt families, and it would open the door to rolling back clean air and water protections and weakening labor standards.