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 TrumpScarborough mocks 'Deflection Don' over transgender troop ban Pelosi condemns Trump's 'cowardly, disgusting' ban on transgender troops Trump moves to ban most transgender people from serving in military MORE's plan to overhaul the nation's infrastructure.

Sen. John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneSenate GOP chairman calls on Zuckerberg to testify GOP pushes to change Senate rules for Trump With shutdown nearing, focus turns to Rand Paul MORE (R-S.D.) announced Friday that Energy Secretary Rick PerryJames (Rick) Richard PerryUS power grid needs defense against looming cyber attacks Overnight Defense: Trump replaces McMaster with Bolton | .3T omnibus awaits Senate vote | Bill gives Pentagon flexibility on spending | State approves B arms sale to Saudis Overnight Energy: Winners, losers in omnibus bill | EPA funding stands at .1b | Lawmakers get wildfire funding fix MORE, Labor Secretary Alexander AcostaRene (Alex) Alexander AcostaOvernight Regulation: Omnibus includes deal on tip-pooling rule | Groups sue over rules for organic livestock | AT&T, DOJ make opening arguments in merger trial Warren presses Mulvaney, Azar on tip pooling Spending bill prevents employers from pocketing tips under tip-pooling rule MORE and Agriculture Secretary Sonny PerdueGeorge (Sonny) Ervin PerdueTrump Cabinet members press Senate panel on infrastructure overhaul Overnight Energy: Zinke grilled on travel, offshore drilling plans | Pruitt says California can't dictate emissions standard | Dems sound off on elephant trophy policy Agriculture chief talks Trump trade differences, Cohn departure MORE would appear before the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee next Wednesday.

The Cabinet officials will join Transportation Secretary Elaine ChaoElaine Lan ChaoGateway rail project could get 1M in omnibus despite Trump's objections Overnight Regulation: FTC to probe Facebook over user data | FDA takes step to regulating flavors in tobacco products | Congress may include background check measure in funding bill Chao calls for inspector general probe into Florida bridge collapse MORE and Commerce Secretary Wilbur RossWilbur Louis RossEthics filings haven't yet shown Commerce chief's pledged divestments: report Trump blasts Congress for sending him omnibus bill that 'nobody read' The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE, who were already expected to appear before the panel.


"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.