Democrats are calling for more funding for high-speed rail systems

June 16th (UPI)- A group of Democrats on Wednesday called on Congress to raise money for the president’s high-speed rail Joe BidenInfrastructure package.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, DN.Y. , And the person in charge. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, DN.Y. , And Seth Moulton, D-Mass. Called for an increase to the proposed $ 80 billion railroad project included in the proposal. Industry experts say It is mainly spent on updating existing Amtrak lines rather than building new high-speed rail.

“We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to invest in infrastructure,” Moulton said. Press conference.. “You can’t waste it by investing in previous-generation infrastructure. High-speed rail, high-speed broadband This is the future, and that’s why we’re here today.”

Congressman Started high-speed railway coalitionThe Electric High Speed ​​Rail Network, which includes the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the American High Speed ​​Rail Association, has declared it will create millions of new jobs and reduce US carbon dioxide emissions.

“Railways are a climate infrastructure,” said Ocasio Cortez. “For every dollar we put into cars and bridges, we want to put dollars into railroads. We want fairness. That’s what we demand here. That is. “

They also pointed out that high-speed rail exists in much of Europe and Asia, but trains currently deployed in the United States are not classified as high-speed.

“We are the strongest and largest economy in the world when it comes to entrepreneurship and innovation, and we must not give up its leadership anywhere in the world,” said Gillibrand.

Biden has lowered the price of its infrastructure program in the absence of Republican support. Initially, the total amount when first proposed in March was over $ 2 trillion.

Last week, a group of 10 Democrats and Republicans Agreed It is about “a realistic compromise framework for modernizing our infrastructure and energy technology” and will not be funded by tax increases. Democrats are calling for more funding for high-speed rail systems

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