Golden, Bipartisan House Group Release Framework for Infrastructure Deal
WASHINGTON — Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) and his colleagues in the Problem Solvers Caucus unveiled today the framework for a $1.25 trillion infrastructure deal that could win support from both parties. The plan, which would include $762 billion in new funding over the next 8 years, has the largest amount of bipartisan support of any comprehensive infrastructure proposal this Congress.
“This infrastructure framework — negotiated by the 29 Democrats and 29 Republicans of the Problem Solvers Caucus — shows that a bipartisan deal to rebuild American infrastructure is possible if congressional leaders and the White House are willing to stay at the table and continue bipartisan talks,” said Congressman Golden.
The bipartisan proposal comes the day after reports that talks between the White House and Senate Republicans had broken down. President Biden has made clear, however, that he will continue to pursue a bipartisan deal. The Problem Solvers Caucus proposal could serve as the basis for those negotiations, just as a previous Problem Solvers proposal did for similar negotiations on COVID-19 relief at the end of 2020.
Golden is a member of the caucus’ Infrastructure Working Group, which helped to craft the framework. The congressman also took part in an April summit hosted by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, which brought together a bipartisan group of governors, senators, and members of the Problem Solvers Caucus to establish common ground and find solutions on infrastructure.
The Problem Solvers Caucus’ bipartisan “Building Bridges” framework includes:
- $582 billion for highways, roads, and safety
- $45 billion for broadband expansion
- $120 billion for freight and passenger rail
- $26 billion for ports and waterways improvements
- $74 billion water and wastewater infrastructure
- $41 billion for airports
- $10 billion for veterans’ housing
More information on the framework can be found here.