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President Trump's infrastructure plan is welcome but needs work

President Trump's infrastructure plan is welcome but needs work

"The $200 billion proposed by the administration for infrastructure would be paid for by cutting funding for critical public transportation infrastructure programs, including the Capital Improvement Grants (CIG), Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery program (TIGER) and Amtrak, in the fiscal-year 2019 budget", APTA officials said in a prepared statement. Unless the president is willing to wield the veto pen, the tab for this budget will be much higher.

The Waterways Council Inc., an industry-supported advocacy group for waterways funding, called both the plan and the president's fiscal 2019 federal budget, also released Monday, a "disappointment" considering the president's promises made last June when he visited the Ohio River and spoke about the need to modernize the "dilapidated system of locks and dams that are more than half a century old". "In fact, Congress passed a law week that basically undid the budget before it was even submitted".

"The budget requests $256 million for Pakistan in economic and other assistance to help increase stability, promote economic growth and create opportunities for United States businesses", said the annual budgetary proposals sent by the White House to the Congress.

The budget also seeks some $13 billion in new funding over the next two years to combat the opioid epidemic.

No matter how American Infrastructure Initiative funds are distributed, $200 billion dispersed among 50 states, as well as tribal lands and US territories, will likely not be enough to address every infrastructure need.

The White House wants to spend $4.4 trillion next year and collect roughly a trillion dollars less than that in taxes, yielding a budget deficit of almost 5 percent.

"Congress just passed a two-year budget outline that supersedes almost everything Mr. Trump is proposing".

Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., as she assailed Mulvaney over the potential impact of the Trump budget's cuts to social programs, asked the budget chief about Trump's desire to hold a military parade, which she said sounds "very similar to those held in authoritarian countries like in North Korea". Overall, the budget estimates $7.1 trillion in new debt over the next decade, with the national debt increasing to almost $30 trillion.

The White House has asserted that Porter's background investigation was ongoing and that officials first learned the extent of accusations against him only last week, just before Porter abruptly resigned. We do have a chance still to change the trajectory.

"These cuts to critical federal investments are so extreme they can only reflect a disdain for working families and a total lack of vision for a stronger society", Yarmuth said in a statement.

Upon closer examination, it becomes clear that the president's proposed plan would not effectively solve our most pressing infrastructure issues.

The budget now heads to Congress, where lawmakers were quick to point out it's the president's wish list and to expect changes.

Republicans might not be so willing to go with a plan that shifts the infrastructure funding burden to state and local taxpayers, but some members of the GOP caucus are also loathe to raise federal revenues, especially the gas tax, which hasn't been increased in 25 years and now falls short of raising enough money for existing transportation programs. Judging the plan not as a fiscal blueprint but as no more than a vague indication of Trump's fiscal thinking, the document is still objectionable.

The American Infrastructure Initiative says it will remove regulatory barriers and streamline the permitting process for infrastructure projects.

Presidential budgets tend to reprise numerous same elements year after year.

In outlining the budget, the Trump administration said the EPA is refocusing on what it called "core activities" and eliminating "lower priority programs".