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5 Cabinet Secretaries Push Trump Infrastructure Plan Before Congress

5 Cabinet Secretaries Push Trump Infrastructure Plan Before Congress

NPR.com
March 14, 20185:37 PM ET
Brian Naylor 

The Trump administration sent an all-star team of five Cabinet secretaries to a Senate hearing Wednesday to talk up its infrastructure proposals. But not even the combined talents of the secretaries of Transportation, Commerce, Labor, Agriculture and Energy seemed enough to move the ball on the $1.5 trillion plan, and it remains unclear whether the measure will ever find its way to a vote in the House or Senate.

Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee chairman John Thune, R-S.D., said he was hopeful that "both sides can come together on this and it can happen this year."

But several unanswered questions remain, chief among them where the $200 billion in federal funding would come from and where states would find the remainder of the money.

The Trump plan commits $200 billion in federal funding over 10 years to stimulate state and local spending and private investment. Half of the funding, $100 billion, would be used as incentives to entice cities, counties and states to raise at least 80 percent of the infrastructure costs themselves... FULL ARTICLE

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