President Donald Trump has not backed down for a new infrastructure program. During Infrastructure Week in June 2017, Trump talked about U.S. infrastructure issues. Later, in August 2017, he made a speech about the topic, which was overshadowed by the racist neo-Nazi violence in Charlottesville, Virginia that Trump refused to rebuke.
Finally, in February 2018 the White House promoted its hopes for an infrastructure program that included $200 billion in federal investment matched with $1.3 trillion in private and state investment. The plan’s cost is exorbitant, forcing Democrats to oppose it.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked about Trump’s infrastructure plan on Wednesday. She responded, saying, “We’re going to continue looking at ways to improve that nation’s infrastructure, but in terms of a specific piece of legislation, I’m not aware that that will happen by the end of the year.”
She also said, “I don’t know that there will be one by the end of this year. Certainly, as you mentioned, he has secured some funding for infrastructure projects. We also laid out priorities that we wanted to see in an infrastructure legislation package.”
With the 2018 election cycle looming and the entire House of Representatives up for re-election, a lack of progress on the part of the Republican-led Congress and the president may prove damaging for the GOP.
Reporter: Will there be an infrastructure bill?
Press Secretary Sanders: "I don't know that there will be one by the end of this year." pic.twitter.com/nXFpfgZECb
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