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Missing in Action on Capitol Hill: A Debate on Infrastructure Funding Policy

Missing in Action on Capitol Hill: A Debate on Infrastructure Funding Policy

Transport Topics
Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
July 18, 2019 6:15 PM, EDT

Infrastructure policy, which was seen as a bright legislative point at the start of the year capable of reaching President Donald Trump’s desk, is now hardly mentioned by the president and leaders on Capitol Hill.

Since the collapse of negotiations in May with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her caucus on a $2 trillion infrastructure measure, Trump has not publicly addressed the issue. Instead, he turned his focus on immigration and his re-election efforts.

Pelosi (D-Calif.), who blames Trump for the negotiation’s collapse, and Senate Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) have not directed the tax-writing committees to address the looming insolvency of the nation’s highway account. Dwindling revenue from the federal fuel tax backs the Highway Trust Fund account.

After the White House suggested infrastructure policy would be a front-and-center issue in 2019, most transportation stakeholders and policy observers had expressed optimism about a measure’s chances. Nearly eight months later, not so much... FULL ARTICLE

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