Speaker Nancy Pelosi

U.S. House of Representatives

SOTU FACT SHEET – President Trump: Failing Hard-Working American Families on Infrastructure

February 4, 2020
Blog

Leading up to President Trump’s State of the Union on Tuesday, February 4th, our office is sending out a series of reports entitled “President Trump: Failing Hard-Working American Families,” on President Trump’s record since he took office in 2017 and how his claims match up with reality. This is one of those reports.

IN PRESIDENT TRUMP’S OWN WORDS: 

  • “…we want to build new roads, bridges, tunnels, highways bigger, better, faster, and we want to build them at less cost.” [1/9/2020]
  • “After years of rebuilding foreign countries, we are now rebuilding our country instead.” [5/14/2019]
  • “Both parties should be able to unite for a great rebuilding of America's crumbling infrastructure. I know that the Congress is eager to pass an infrastructure bill – and I am eager to work with you on legislation to deliver new and important infrastructure investment, including investments in the cutting edge industries of the future. This is not an option. This is a necessity.” [State of the Union Address, 2/5/2019]
  • “No longer will we allow the infrastructure of our magnificent country to crumble and decay.” [2/21/2018]

THE FACTS: THE PRESIDENT WALKED AWAY FROM BIPARTISAN INFRASTRUCTURE TALKS IN 2019

  • In 2019, after years of empty boasts, President Trump finally sat down at the table with Congressional Democrats to craft a bipartisan infrastructure proposal that would revolutionize our nation’s infrastructure. However, in the middle of the meeting with Democratic leaders where each side was to lay out their objectives and how to pay for them, President Trump abruptly stormed out and declared he would not work with them on this critical issue because House Democrats were investigating the President’s actions during the 2016 election.

Los Angeles Times: Trump, angry over House investigations, blows up infrastructure meeting [5/22/2019]

US News: Trump Lashes Out at Pelosi, Quashes Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal [5/22/2019]

New York Times: Trump, Angered by ‘Phony’ Inquiries, Blows Up Meeting with Pelosi and Schumer [5/22/2019]

Politico: White House denies Trump storming out of meeting was a stunt [5/23/2019]

  • Instead of working to help address the urgent needs of the American people, the President selfishly chose to shut down work on a bipartisan infrastructure package and blame Democrats for performing their constitutionally mandated duty of oversight.

THE FACTS: DEMOCRATS HAVE A FRAMEWORK TO MOVE AMERICA AND THE ENVIRONMENT FORWARD

  • Rebuilding America’s infrastructure is about creating jobs immediately, bolstering commerce, advancing public health with clean air and clean water, improving the transportation system and addressing climate change with clean energy, clean transportation and resilient infrastructure.
  • House Democrats have a framework to invest $760 billion over five years in the nation’s roads, bridges, transit systems, railways, airports, ports, inland waterways, wastewater and drinking water systems, brownfields and broadband. This framework is an opportunity to get our existing infrastructure working again and fund new transformative projects that will create an estimated 10 million jobs, while reducing carbon pollution, dramatically improving safety, and spurring economic activity.

THE FACTS: AMERICA’S INFRASTRUCTURE IS IN CRISIS

READ MORE:

  • PolitiFact: Still no progress on $550 billion roads and bridges pledge [1/16/2020]