Senators press Trump to boost school funding in infrastructure package

Senators press Trump to boost school funding in infrastructure package
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A group of 25 predominantly Democratic senators is pressing the Trump administration to strengthen public school funding in a forthcoming infrastructure package.

In a letter to President TrumpDonald John TrumpWSJ: Trump ignored advice to confront Putin over indictments Trump hotel charging Sean Spicer ,000 as book party venue Bernie Sanders: Trump 'so tough' on child separations but not on Putin MORE, Sens. Jack ReedJohn (Jack) Francis ReedSenate Dems press for info on any deals from Trump-Putin meeting Senate Dems tell Trump: Don't meet with Putin one-on-one Schumer: Trump should cancel meeting with Putin MORE (D-R.I.) and Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiThis week: GOP mulls vote on ‘abolish ICE’ legislation Dem infighting erupts over Supreme Court pick McConnell: Senate to confirm Kavanaugh by Oct. 1 MORE (R-Alaska) call on the administration to develop a partnership with states to fix the conditions of U.S. public schools.

“This is the right thing to do for students, educators, and communities. It is also a smart investment, since it will give a needed boost to our economy by creating local jobs in every community across the country,” the letter reads.

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“According to a recent economic analysis, every $1 billion dollars invested in construction creates nearly 18,000 jobs. That means, for example, that a federal investment in school infrastructure of $100 billion would yield an estimated 1.8 million jobs.”

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“We believe this investment is an essential piece of a national infrastructure plan and stand ready work to with you to make sure it is a feature of any comprehensive infrastructure bill that makes it to your desk,” the lawmakers write.

The letter comes as the Trump administration’s long-awaited infrastructure proposal may not arrive until February, despite previous plans to reveal “detailed legislative principles” for a plan this month. 

While Murkowski was the only Republican to join her Democratic colleagues in signing the Wednesday letter to Trump, a bipartisan group of House lawmakers last week put forward detailed policy suggestions for a potential infrastructure package.

The White House said it was “encouraged” by that plan, which was unveiled by the congressional Problem Solvers Caucus.

Trump has expressed hope that infrastructure could be a point of bipartisanship for lawmakers, who spent much of 2017 fighting over health care and tax reform. 

“At some point, and for the good of the country, I predict we will start working with the Democrats in a Bipartisan fashion,” Trump said in December.

“Infrastructure would be a perfect place to start. After having foolishly spent $7 trillion in the Middle East, it is time to start rebuilding our country!”