Last week, President Trump announced his long-term plan to improve the nation’s crumbling infrastructure with a focus on improving rural communities. Joe Donnelly has acknowledged the need for a bipartisan, long-term legislative solution on this important issue in the past, but has spent the majority of President Trump’s term obstructing any real bipartisan legislative fixes by playing partisan games.
Joe Donnelly has agreed that investments in transportation are important for rural Hoosiers. So, will Donnelly finally work with President Trump and Congress to deliver another win for the American people? Or will he continue partisan games at his constituents’ expense?
Red State Democrats Have Touted The Benefits That Investments In Transportation And Broadband Have On Rural Areas, Noting They Build "Stronger Rural Communities" And "Create Jobs"
In July 2015, Senator Joe Donnelly (D-IN) Claimed That Investing In Infrastructure Such As Bus Transit Was "Important To Our Country's Economy And Everyday Life Of Families Across The Nation" Including The Urban And Rural Communities Of Indiana. "Donnelly said, 'Investing in infrastructure, like bus transit, is important to our country's economy and the everyday life of families across the nation. Many Hoosiers and Americans - in cities big and small, urban and rural - rely on buses to travel to work, take their kids to school, or go to the doctor. Unfortunately, many of the buses that people depend on every day are in marginal or poor condition, which potentially could lead to services being cut or unsafe buses being on the road. We should not allow that to happen.'" (Press Release, "Donnelly, Moran: Ensure Bus Transit Can Continue To Be Efficient, Safe," Sen. Joe Donnelly , 7/24/15)
IN THEIR STATES, RED STATE DEMOCRATS HAVE VARIOUS INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS THEY SUPPORT THAT ARE IN DIRE NEED OF FEDERAL FUNDING
In Indiana, The Top Three Requested Statewide Infrastructure Projects Will Cost Potentially Millions
In Indiana, The National Governor's Association And The State Of Indiana Asked For Funds For The Section 6 Of I-69. (Will Craft, "More Than 500 Infrastructure Projects Are Pitched To Trump, Who Will Favor Private Money And Speed," APM , 5/11/17)
In Indiana, The National Governor's Association And The State Of Indiana Asked For Funds For The US-31 Freeway. (Will Craft, "More Than 500 Infrastructure Projects Are Pitched To Trump, Who Will Favor Private Money And Speed," APM , 5/11/17)
In Indiana, The National Governor's Association And The State Of Indiana Asked For Funds For The South Shore Line Double-Track. (Will Craft, "More Than 500 Infrastructure Projects Are Pitched To Trump, Who Will Favor Private Money And Speed," APM , 5/11/17)
- In 2018, Senator Donnelly Claimed That The Addition Of A Double-Track On The South Shore Line, Which He Supports, Would "Cause Dramatic Growth Throughout Our Region [Indiana]." "The addition of the South Shore Line West Lake Expansion championed by U.S Rep. Pete Visclosky , D-Gary, which Donnelly also supports, and double tracking project to Michigan City and South Bend will help spur additional growth and opportunity. For instance once double-tracking is complete, Michigan City will be a shorter trip to Chicago via train than Naperville, Ill., where the average home prices are higher, he said. 'This will cause dramatic growth throughout our region,' Donnelly said." (Carrie Napoleon, "Sen. Donnelly Promotes Northwest Indiana's Future; Cites Airport, Rail Growth," Chicago Tribune , 2/16/18)
Quality infrastructure is integral to Indiana’s rural communities and economy. Tell Joe Donnelly to stand with President Trump and the GOP-led Congress to provide quality of life improvements for Hoosiers.
See RNC Research’s latest: Dear Dems: Don’t Put #Resistance First on Infrastructure