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Brown, Senate Dems Roll Out Infrastructure Plan

Road Work Ahead sign
Dennis Brekke
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The Democrats' plan includes $210 billion to repair aging roads and bridges. It also earmarks $210 billion for a "vital infrastructure fund."

Ohio’s Sherrod Brown has joined Democratic Senate leaders to come up with a $1 trillion infrastructure proposal they say should provide a framework for President Donald Trump.

The Democrats plan includes a provision that American-made materials go into all federal-taxpayer funded public works projects.

Brown says the proposal builds on the promise by Trump to invest $1 trillion in rebuilding roads, bridges, water systems, and other infrastructure throughout the U.S.

Brown says the plan would not add to the deficit because it would be paid for largely by closing tax loopholes. He says that’s a contrast with the early outline of Trump’s plans, which call for tolls to cover costs.

“His infrastructure plan will require tolling because this is a lot of private investment that needs a return on their investments. And the only way to do that is to toll all kinds of public works projects. We don’t think that’s practical. We don’t think it’s the right way to go.”

Brown says the American-made requirement would create 15 million jobs over 10 years.