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More Talk, No Action on Infrastructure Promise

Where's the plan and funding, frustrated committee members ask

October 12, 2017
Rep. Peter DeFazio of Oregon calls for action

The long overdue $1 trillion infrastructure plan promised by the Trump administration is still nowhere to be seen, much less any concrete plans to fund it.

Wednesday, the House Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee on highways and transit met to gather input from stakeholders about how Congress should craft a potential infrastructure plan. Last week, the administration met with stakeholders at the White House for a briefing on infrastructure lead by Transportation Deputy Secretary Jeffrey Rosen and policy adviser D.J. Gribbin. Congressional committees on both sides of the Capitol have held similar hearings throughout the year.

Wednesday's meeting came and went with nothing accomplished on the infrastructure rebuild that was once highlighted as a First 100-Day priority by the Trump camp. Republican leaders have said they would take up the administration's infrastructure proposal this fall, but to date there has been no detailed proposal from the White House.

“Where is the sense of urgency? How many times do we have to listen to experts “I do not want another panel of experts talking to me. I want another panel of experts engaging us as we start putting those shovels in the ground,” asked Rep. Brenda Lawrence of Michigan as reported in TheHill.com.

Rep. Peter DeFazio of Oregon said the House transportation panel basically was “just talking, while the country crumbles.”

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