TheHill.com reports that during Monday's press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders indicated work on the promised $1 trillion infrastructure package will likely be delayed until next year, after the legislature takes care of tax reform.
This echoes what Republicans said in mid-July when Senator John Thune (S.D.) said, “I’d like to see infrastructure get done. But I’ve always said, that in terms of how things are sequenced, it’s more likely that they would do tax reform first. And that might push infrastructure into sometime next year.”
“The president’s been very outspoken on the need for a massive overhaul to the country’s infrastructure, and that certainly is still a priority, both legislative and in any capacity that he has the ability to carry that out,” Sanders said.
Trump outlined broad infrastructure principles in his budget request this spring, but a more detailed legislative package is not expected to be released until at least this fall.
In a July 20 story, TheHill.com says putting off work on an infrastructure proposal until next year could move it into dangerous territory, as it can be trickier to enact major legislation in an election year.