Five Cabinet members to testify at infrastructure hearing next week

Five Cabinet members to testify at infrastructure hearing next week
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Five Cabinet secretaries are set to testify before a Senate committee next week on President TrumpDonald John TrumpSunday Shows preview: Lawmakers, Trump allies discuss Russia probe, migrant family separation Seth McFarlane: Fox News makes me 'embarrassed' to work for this company  'Art of the Deal' co-author: Trump would act like Kim Jong Un if he had the same powers MORE's plan to overhaul the nation's infrastructure.

Sen. John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneMcConnell: Mueller 'ought to wrap it up' Graham jokes about Corker: GOP would have to be organized to be a cult Ernst, Fischer to square off for leadership post MORE (R-S.D.) announced Friday that Energy Secretary Rick PerryJames (Rick) Richard PerryOvernight Energy: DNC to reject fossil fuel donations | Regulators see no security risk in coal plant closures | Senate committee rejects Trump EPA, Interior budgets DNC to reject fossil fuel company donations Energy commission sees no national security risk from coal plant closures MORE, Labor Secretary Alexander AcostaRene (Alex) Alexander AcostaThere are now more job openings than unemployed workers in the US Flexible pay keeps opportunities open for disabled workers Dems demand end to waivers used to pay people with disabilities below minimum wage MORE and Agriculture Secretary Sonny PerdueGeorge (Sonny) Ervin PerdueThe Hill's Morning Report — Trump: `A very great moment in the history of the world’ Trump signs order to boost efficiency in federal agencies PETA sues USDA over roadside zoo licensing MORE would appear before the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee next Wednesday.

The Cabinet officials will join Transportation Secretary Elaine ChaoElaine Lan ChaoMitch McConnell — the Republican Senate's invaluable engine The lifesaving difference between connected cars vs. self-driving cars Transportation secretary defends brother-in-law’s nomination to lead pension agency MORE and Commerce Secretary Wilbur RossWilbur Louis RossOn The Money: Trump imposes B in tariffs on China | China blasts 'fickle' Trump, promises payback | Trump to name consumer bureau director next week Trump poised to slap tariffs on billion in Chinese imports Bipartisan group of lawmakers urge US, Canada to work on lumber deal MORE, who were already expected to appear before the panel.

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"Testimony from these five cabinet secretaries will support a comprehensive public discussion with senators about the White House proposal for aligning federal resources with local infrastructure needs and helping complete projects faster," Thune, the committee's chairman, said in a statement.

"The Commerce Committee welcomes the eagerness of Secretaries Chao, Ross, Acosta, Perdue, and Perry to discuss the roles of their departments in the improvement of our infrastructure to support the economy."

The White House unveiled last month a $1.5 trillion plan to overhaul the nation's aging infrastructure. The proposal includes a $200 billion direct federal investment, half of which would go toward an incentive program to match financing from state and local governments investing in rebuilding projects.

A quarter of the appropriations would be used for rural projects in the form of block grants to states so governors may decide where to invest.