Trump Ready to Roll Out $1.5T Infrastructure Plan

Trump budget will include money for border wall Mulvaney

Trump's budget to request border wall funding

Major mass transit projects are often funded on a 50-50 federal-local basis.

While Trump's budget is going to account for the higher caps, the White House said its proposal will also call for spending reforms that would cut deficits by $3 trillion over a decade and also reduce the debt as a percentage of gross domestic product. That could be disappointing news for many state and local leaders who have been skeptical of the effort. Those in which state and local governments pick up most of the tab will be viewed more favorably. The rest is supposed to come from state and local governments, which are expected to match any federal allocation by at least a four-to-one ratio.

"At the same time, we continue to apply federal rules, regulations, and mandates on virtually all infrastructure investments". "What we're saying to states is, we would like you to increase your investment in infrastructure". That won over many Republicans, but some were furious over the $131 billion extra allocated for non-military spending, including health and infrastructure.

Only $200 billion of that, however, would come from direct federal spending, according to White House aides.

He said the bill amounted to a 13 percent surge in the size of government.

The budget plan will request more than $23 billion for border security and immigration enforcement, including $18 billion over two years to build a border wall with Mexico, Mulvaney said.

Overall, the federal government pays roughly a quarter of the cost of building and maintaining roads in the country.

New Jersey and NY politicians met with Trump in September to pitch him on the Gateway plan but didn't secure a funding guarantee.

A senior administration official added that DJ Gribbin, Gary Cohn, the team at the NEC, and White House Office of Legislative Affairs have all worked on the infrastructure issue.

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The FY 2018 budget would earmark approximately $629 billion for base defense budget and about $71 billion for overseas war funds in Afghanistan and other countries. Amtrak recently announced a record year for ridership.

Ahead of the president's announcement, the National Governors Association, National League of Cities, U.S. Conference of Mayors, and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials expressed support for having a national conversation on transportation funding.

The president noted that tackling the nation's infrastructure should also include partnering with state and local governments as well as the private sector "where appropriate".

"Isn't it a disgrace that it can now take 10 years just to get a minor permit approved for the building of a simple road?" "One of the problems with federal funding, as you know, is it's very intermittent", he said.

The president on Wednesday will be hosting a bipartisan group of members of Congress to discuss the plan. "In fact, Congress passed a law week that basically undid the budget before it was even submitted".

Numerous cuts the Trump administration is proposing in this year's budget plan, which would help pay for the new initiative, also appeared in the president's budget outline last year but went nowhere. "And the reason we went from a trillion to $1.5 trillion is because we've actually received a, sort of, more enthusiastic response than we anticipated from state and local governments". Those changes were not adopted by Congress or supported by the Obama administration. The president wants federal officials to make a decision in two years or less. That one agency would work with the other federal regulators to reach a single permitting decision within 21 months, and permitting would begin within three months afterward.

The $200 billion would be paid for from cuts in existing programs, such as transit and Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant programs where "this administration thinks funds haven't been spent that efficaciously", the official said.

The White House also wants to earmark $20 billion in funding for "transformative" projects, which a White House official says "have a vision towards the future". For example, the administration will call for the licensing process to be more flexible so that licenses can be transferred easily from one state to another. It also called for expanding the use of trade apprenticeships.

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