For Immediate Release
Monday, June 05, 2017
AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders on Trump Infrastructure PlanWASHINGTON —
AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders issued the following statement on President Trump’s infrastructure proposal:
“The Trump infrastructure plan isn't an infrastructure plan at all. It’s a colossal $200 billion corporate handout, which will outsource good jobs to private interests at the expense of safety and accountability. The move to privatize the Federal Aviation Administration is one of the worst aspects of this scheme to cede control of our nation’s vital infrastructure to corporations and take power away from taxpayers. To be more effective, the FAA doesn’t need to be controlled by a private entity; what it needs is stable, secure, long-term funding.
“America’s communities need a plan that will create good jobs that can sustain working families, one that invests in quality public services, and that will require those who can afford it to pay their fair share of the cost of improvements that benefit everyone. Congressional Democrats have put forward plans that accomplish these goals. There is no reason to consider any plan which fails to put good jobs, accountability, public safety and strong infrastructure ahead of corporate profits.”