Lipinski: Trump Budget and Infrastructure Plan Fails Middle Class

Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) released the following statement today:

“After reviewing the Trump Budget and Infrastructure Plan, it is clear that the President does not want to make America great for the middle class.  The budget guts or completely eliminates critical education, health-related, and economic programs that hard-working individuals and their families rely on, including massive cuts to a wide range of education grant programs.  The President also wants to get rid of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and public service loan forgiveness, while putting our health and environment at risk by cutting the Environmental Protection Agency budget by a third.  And because of the tax cuts passed in December that largely benefit corporations and the wealthy, the President can’t begin to balance the budget so our deficit would continue to soar.

“As the most senior member from Illinois on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I was eager to get a look at the President’s long-delayed infrastructure plan.  Our nation and our region need infrastructure investment.  Unfortunately, this plan does only a little to address the need.  It would provide much, much less than the promised $1.5 trillion of investment.  A few dollars, spread thin, while also enabling private entities to get taxpayer money, won’t fill many potholes, much less make our infrastructure great again.  I am hopeful that now that the President has released his plan, Republicans will be willing to join with Democrats in Congress to support a better plan that will really make a difference in fixing our infrastructure.”