Top GOP Leaders Don't Agree Infrastructure is a Top Priority

November 15, 2016 reports that Republican leaders in the House and Senate are already disagreeing on the priority level for the nation's infrastructure spending.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said Monday that he supports fixing the nation’s infrastructure and believes it could be a top priority for the lower chamber, though he emphasized that any plans would need to be fully paid for.

However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) said Trump's infrastructure plans are not a top priority, according to NPR. McConnell said repealing the 2010 healthcare law is a "pretty high item on our agenda,” as is comprehensive tax reform and achieving border security.

Conservative groups and fiscal hawks don't view federal funding for infrastructure as an economic stimulus. In fact, the 2016 GOP platform called for eliminating federal funding for mass transit, bike-share programs, sidewalks and rail-to-rail projects.

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