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>> We're here today to discuss the critical need to rebuild America's crumbling infrastructure.>> President Trump rolling out an infrastructure plan on Monday, that already faces significant hurtles in Congress. The proposal does not offer as much new federal funding as Democrats want, or directly address how to pay for the effort.
Reuters' correspondent, David Shepardson.>> So Democrats have a number of concerns about the plan. Number one, it does not spend enough new federal money. They want $1 trillion over 10 years versus the 200 billion that the Trump administration has proposed. And they think it unfairly shifts too much of the burden to states and cities who would have to pick up at least 80% of a project's cost versus under traditional funding, the federal government picks up 80% of the cost.
>> But facing a divided Senate in midterm elections, administration officials acknowledged the plan face a difficult road to winning approval. Democrats insist that any plan must include new revenue, which could mean raising the federal gas tax.>> So Congress has not raised the federal gas tax since 1993, it's still 18.4 cents.
And both political parties have been searching for a way to fund the rising needs of infrastructure cost. And so one idea suggested by the Trump administration is to allow states to add toll roads to highways where they're not currently allowed. Ultimately, the questions is will Democrats in Congress be willing to make a deal to shift more of the responsibility to states and cities, or will they insist that the Trump administration comes up with new federal revenue through a gas tax or some other levy to pay for these repairs?
>> Democrats in Congress last week called for $1 trillion in direct federal spending, including $100 billion on schools alone, as well as billions to expand rural broadband service, improve airports, mass transit, roads, and ports, boost energy efficiency, and improve aging water systems, though they have not detailed yet how they would pay for that plan.