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Gillibrand Derails Bipartisan Infrastructure Talks: You’re ‘Killing People’

The meeting was proceeding nicely until the New York senator claimed White House officials were “killing people” by not giving more money to Amtrak.

By NTK Staff | 01.10.2018 @10:30am
Gillibrand Derails Bipartisan Infrastructure Talks: You’re ‘Killing People’

President Trump is expected to announce his much-anticipated infrastructure plan in the coming weeks, and details of that plan were revealed during a Capitol Hill meeting Tuesday.

Trump’s top two priorities for infrastructure include “$1 trillion worth of overall investment in the nation’s infrastructure” and cutting “lengthy construction permitting process to two years,” according to The Hill.

But according to sources, the otherwise positive bipartisan meeting, which included Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, White House chief economic adviser Gary Cohn, and top-ranking officials from both parties on the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, turned heated when Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) began demanding more Amtrak funds.

The bipartisan meeting reportedly grew heated at one point, however, when Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) made an impassioned plea for more funding for Amtrak safety technology and a rail-and-tunnel project in the Northeast corridor.

Gillibrand tore into the administration, according to one source familiar with the incident, and claimed that White House officials are responsible for killing people if they don’t help fund the multi-billion-dollar rail project.

But Chao shot back at the accusations, pointing out that New York and New Jersey Democrats are the ones holding up Ron Batory’s nomination to lead the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) over concerns about the Trump administration’s position on the so-called Gateway Program.

The same day Republicans and Democrats came together to iron out an immigration deal, this group attempted to do the same on infrastructure, only to be waylaid by political grandstanding from a would-be White House contender.

Trump is expected to announce his infrastructure plan after the Jan. 30 State of the Union address.

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