Amy Klobuchar lays out plan to repair and upgrade America's infrastructure

The senator says it will be her top priority if she becomes president.
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Sen. Amy Klobuchar at an event in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. February, 2019.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar at an event in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. February, 2019.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, in her ongoing bid to become the Democratic Party's 2020 nominee, revealed a plan for fixing and upgrading America's crumbling infrastructure if she were to become president.

The proposal was published Thursday morning by her campaign. It outlines the trillion-dollar plan she says would create millions of jobs while ensuring the "country’s infrastructure is second to none."

It's broken up into seven key areas of investment:

  • Repairing and replacing roads, bridges and highways.
  • Building "green" infrastructure that moves the U.S. away from fossil fuels, while emphasizing infrastructure that can withstand the impacts of climate change.
  • Ensuring clean water for everyone - including low-income communities, communities of color, and rural areas.
  • Connecting all households, namely those in rural America, to high-speed internet by 2022.
  • Updating airports and seaports, while improving inland protections against major flooding. (Estimates say this year's flooding in the Midwest is expected to cost at least $3 billion.)
  • Rebuilding - and updating - schools across the country, especially those in low-income communities that can't pay for fixes themselves.
  • Adding public transportation options, including providing high-speed rail to more communities.

Klobuchar's pitch leans heavily into the "She gets things done" angle.

It cites recent research from Vanderbilt noting she is one of the "most effective" U.S. lawmakers, and also refers to her response following the I-35W bridge collapse. Klobuchar "got the funding and the bridge was rebuilt in just 13 months," the release notes.

The plan would be her "top budget priority" as president, the release says. She would work to get it enacted within the first year of her term.

“America needs someone who will deliver on their promises and get things done for this country," Klobuchar says in the news release. "This plan is about bringing our country together. Building bridges is not just a metaphor - this is what I’ve done and what I will continue to do as President."

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She's quite a ways from even vying for that office, however.

There are at least a dozen major Democrats running for the party's endorsement. And while Klobuchar has a lot of support from other elected officials in Minnesota, as tracked by FiveThirtyEight, she isn't atop many voters' minds.

A Quinnipiac poll released Thursday shows Klobuchar netting just 2 percent of the vote among Democrats, behind Joe Biden (29 percent), Bernie Sanders (19 percent), Beto O'Rourke (12 percent), Kamala Harris (8 percent), Elizabeth Warren (4 percent) and Pete Buttigieg (4 percent).

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