Posted by: maboulette | April 10, 2017

Time to Turn to Infrastructure Deal


broken down bridge

President Trump said he wants to fast-track a $1 trillion infrastructure plan and package it with health-care or tax-reform legislation in a bid to get Democratic lawmakers’ support. Trump made the announcement in an interview with The New York Times published last week.

10 YEAR PLAN

The 10-year infrastructure plan was anticipated to be unveiled later this year, with $1 trillion going toward:

  • Modernizing U.S. roads;
  • Repairing bridges;
  • Rebuilding airports;
  • Repairing the electrical grid;
  • New water systems.

“I’m thinking about accelerating it. I’m thinking about putting it with another bill. Could be health-care, could be something else. Could be tax reform,” Trump told the Times. He provided no timeline on how soon the infrastructure plan would be rolled out, but said Democratic lawmakers “are desperate for infrastructure” and would be more likely to back Republican plans for health-care or tax reform if they were packaged with the infrastructure initiative.

INFRASTRUCTURE

“We’re talking about a trillion-dollar infrastructure,” he said. Trump’s first legislative endeavors went down in flames two weeks ago when Congress failed to accept his plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Trump’s administration has since attempted to relaunch talks on health care while at the same time seeking out other legislative enterprises that would be sure to get support.

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