President Trump Again Calls for Major Infrastructure Package
March 7, 2017
President Trump addressed his first joint session of Congress on February 28. The speech, while not an official State of Union address, had the feel of one and outlined his priorities. President Trump reiterated his call for a $1 trillion investment in U.S. infrastructure. In contrast to earlier statements, this time he called for a combination of both public and private financing. Previously, all mentions to an infrastructure package included only references to leveraging private financing.
President Trump offered no additional details regarding his proposal and no timeline on when a more formal proposal would be forthcoming. Later this month, President Trump will outline his budget priorities to Congress. That document will not be an official budget request, but many are hoping that additional details will be included in it.
It should be noted that the budget is only a proposal and that nothing included in the budget is official until Congress acts on it. Thus, any reported cuts to programs within the Department of Transportation, for example, are only proposals until Congress takes action.
ACT is supportive of an infrastructure package, but is working to urge policy makers to focus on transportation and not just infrastructure.