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Trump’s Highway Bill Under Review, Secretary Chao Tells US House

Trump’s Highway Bill Under Review, Secretary Chao Tells US House

Transport Topics
Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
February 27, 2020 5:00 PM, EST

WASHINGTON — At a hearing with House lawmakers, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said President Donald Trump’s legislative vision for the country’s highway system — which the White House intends to share with Congress — is being finalized. The plan is central to the president’s infrastructure agenda and is expected to be revealed before a key highway law expires this fall.

“The administration’s detailed legislative language is currently under review within the administration,” Chao said Feb. 27, addressing members of the Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee. “Once that process is complete and legislation is submitted, the department will be free to discuss its contents in full detail.”

A White House document published Feb. 10 that accompanied DOT’s fiscal 2021 budget request to Congress proposed $1 trillion for infrastructure programs, backed by direct federal investments. The infrastructure proposal indicated that it included a 10-year, $810 billion surface transportation reauthorization measure. Additionally, $190 billion would target connectivity concerns across corridors, water programs, and broadband accessibility. Specificity on funding metrics were not provided... FULL ARTICLE

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