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Trump’s Commerce pick backs public spending on transportation

Trump’s Commerce pick backs public spending on transportation

The Hill
BY MELANIE ZANONA
01/18/17 02:22 PM EST

Amid concerns from rural Republicans on Wednesday, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Commerce Department voiced support for public investments in transportation.

Wilbur Ross, who co-authored the private funding-focused infrastructure proposal that Trump floated on the campaign trail, assured senators during his confirmation hearing that the concept of using private financing was not the “be all and end all” solution.

The comments are raising hopes from transportation advocates that Trump’s infrastructure plan could include some direct federal spending on the issue.

“The infrastructure paper I put out was meant to provide another tool, not to be the be all and end all,” Ross told the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. “There will be some necessity for [direct federal spending on transportation], whether it’s in the form of guarantees or direct investment or whatever... FULL ARTICLE

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