WASHINGTON (AP/ABC7) — President Donald Trump's infrastructure plancalls for possibly selling two of the three major airports serving the nation's capital.
The president is calling for divesting federal assets when agencies can show the sale would "optimize taxpayer value."
The proposal lists Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and Dulles International Airport as examples of assets that could be sold.
Selling off property like the GW Parkway, Dulles Airport, and Reagan National will not improve our infrastructure – it will only mean higher costs for the traveling public.— Mark Warner (@MarkWarner) February 12, 2018
Other such examples of federal assets to be divested include transmission lines operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Bonneville Power Administration. Similar plans in the past have been met with stiff, bipartisan opposition.
Trump's infrastructure plan calls for possibly selling Reagan and Dulles Airports. The president is calling for divesting federal assets when agencies can show the sale would "optimize taxpayer value."— Sam Sweeney (@SweeneyABC) February 12, 2018
Trump is also citing two major roadways in the Washington D.C. region that could be sold: the George Washington Memorial and Baltimore-Washington parkways.
"It is particularly outrageous that Trump suggested selling off key local infrastructure, including both of Northern Virginia’s airports, the GW Parkway, and the DC Aqueduct," said Rep. Don Beyer in a statement responding to the Trump infrastructure plan. "The President didn’t consult any state or local leaders about any of this, but if he had we would have told him that our community ardently opposes anything of the kind.
"Trump isn’t trying to fix our infrastructure, he’s trying to sell it off," Beyer said.
What the President proposed today isn’t a real infrastructure plan. It is simply designed to let the President take credit for investments while sticking states and localities with the bill.— Mark Warner (@MarkWarner) February 12, 2018
The White House is unveiling its goal of spurring $1.5 trillion in funding over 10 years to rebuild roads, highways, ports and airports. The plan centers on using $200 billion in federal money to leverage local and state dollars for the projects.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., says the president's plan would raise tolls on commuters, increase the burden on cities and states, and sell essential infrastructure to the whims of Wall Street.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., says Trump's plan would put unsustainable burdens on local government and calls it a "plan to appease his political allies, not to rebuild the country."
Trump's plan would lead to #TrumpTolls, Schumer predicted.
.@realDonaldTrump's proposal would do very little to make our ailing infrastructure better, but would put unsustainable burdens on our local government & lead to #TrumpTolls all over the country, all while undermining important protections like #BuyAmerica.— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) February 12, 2018
Democrats have proposed an infrastructure plan that would entail $1 trillion in additional federal spending to jumpstart new projects around the country.