At White House, Portman Touts Historic Infrastructure Agreement
Senator Portman delivered remarks outside the White House earlier today after a bipartisan group of 10 U.S. senators reached an agreement with the President of the United States on a framework to modernize America’s infrastructure without raising taxes.
A transcript of his remarks can be found below and a video can be found here.
“I appreciate the fact that the president came out today to express what we all believe, which is we didn’t get everything we wanted, but we came up with a good compromise that’s going to help the American people. This is about infrastructure. Every president over the past four or five presidents has talked about doing a big infrastructure package. You may recall that President Trump proposed a $2 trillion package.
“Today, we are announcing the framework for an historic investment in infrastructure. This is roads and bridges, but also lots of other kinds of infrastructure, including broadband, our water system, and our rail system, all of which is good for the economy. This will lead to more efficiency and higher productivity, more economic growth. This is about the long term. It’s something that traditionally has been very bipartisan and I’m pleased to see today we were able to come together on a core infrastructure package – this is not non-infrastructure items – without new taxes and with the commitment from Republicans and Democrats alike that we are going to get this across the finish line. I appreciate my colleagues behind me. This was a team effort. Everybody was equally involved. Kyrsten Sinema did a great job leading and I want to now ask her to say a few words.”