Trump to announce infrastructure plan Monday

Trump to announce infrastructure plan Monday

Trump will highlight that proposal Monday in a meeting at the White House with state and local officials.

The official would not say where exactly the $200 billion is being cut from in other areas of the budget - though they said "there are some reductions in things like transit funding and TIGER grants, and things where the administration thinks that infrastructure funds haven't been spent efficaciously". "What we're saying to states is, we would like you to increase your investment in infrastructure". "This is despite the federal government contributing a very small percentage of total infrastructure spending", it added.

The proposal will include $200 billion for infrastructure spending and more than $23 billion for border security and immigration enforcement, Mick Mulvaney, who heads the administration's budget office, said in a statement on Sunday night.

⦁ And $10 billion for a capital financing to fund the federal governments' office building projects. "For every decision that needs to be made, find the agency that has the best expertise in terms of making that decision, give them the authority to make that decision, and then have other agencies partner with them and execute on that decision that's been made", said White House official. The remaining 86% of costs is evenly split between state and local governments and the private sector. This includes the funds for new roads, bridges, highways and other infrastructure.

"There's still going to be the president's priorities as we seek to spend the money consistently with our priorities, not with the priorities that were reflected most by the Democrats in Congress", Mulvaney said. The loan programs could generate 40 times the federal investment, officials said.

"President Trump is changing the paradigm, challenging the system to modernize and bring American infrastructure into the 21st century".

Trump chose infrastructure as his legislative priority for 2018.

The gas tax traditionally funded the highway trust fund.

One senior administration official said that President Trump and his Cabinet will be traveling across the nation to sell the infrastructure plan. Fifty billion will be directed towards improvements exclusively in rural infrastructure in the form of block grants to state governors, allowing them to select what projects to direct the funding towards. He pointed to Los Angeles, where voters decided in 2016 to extend a sales tax indefinitely to pay for transportation improvements, and to more than two dozen states that have raised their fuel taxes in recent years. He called for sticking with the tradition of federal funding for infrastructure.

Infrastructure projects also would be the next major focus for the Trump administration in its theme to reduce regulations. But the administration is not asking Congress to do that, either. "In fact, Congress passed a law week that basically undid the budget before it was even submitted".

On Monday, President Trump is also expected to release his budget plan for the coming fiscal year. White House officials noted there are five to six committees with jurisdiction in each of the House and Senate. It will have to pass another by March 23 to keep the government open through September 30. During election campaign, Republican Trump used that reality to draw a country in decline and promised to reverse it with a large stimulus plan in public works, as on roads or airports.

"The reality is that the president wanted to defend the nation", Mulvaney said.

Under the plan, the government would adopt a "One Agency, One Decision" structure, eliminating multi-agency reviews and approvals that slow the process. "It could be anything", said one administration official. On Sunday, a group of seven Republican senators, including immigration hardliners Tom Cotton (Ark.) and David Perdue (Ga.), said they would throw in a proposal that matches the main points Trump has supported, but it is not expected to get 60 votes. For example, the administration will call for the licensing process to be more flexible so that licenses can be transferred easily from one state to another.

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