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Brown Wants Trump To Deliver On 'Buy American' Infrastucture Promises

Ohio Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown
John Minchillo
Associated Press
Ohio Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown

President Donald Trump visited Ohio on Thursday touting his new plan to bolster infrastructure projects by injecting $200 billion of federal money. But Ohio's Democratic U.S. Senator says Trump is not holding up his campaign promises.

Sen. Sherrod Brown is calling for President Trump to include a “buy American, hire American” provision in his infrastructure plan.

Brown says this is something Trump promised when running for office but hasn’t delivered.

Brown adds that he’s all for a $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan, but with more money coming from the federal government so local and state money will be encouraged to follow. 

“The dirt would be flying we would be fixing highways and bridges we would be funding water and sewer we would be helping fixing city streets all the things that Americans see as the basic role of government,” Brown said.

Trump introduced the plan in February but it’s been stalled in Congress since then. Under his proposal, the federal government would chip in about $200 billion in funding, but the other 87 percent would come from local governments and private companies.

Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman says the plan is a good starting point.

Andy Chow is a general assignment state government reporter who focuses on environmental, energy, agriculture, and education-related issues. He started his journalism career as an associate producer with ABC 6/FOX 28 in Columbus before becoming a producer with WBNS 10TV.