Mayors’ group creates infrastructure task force to work with Trump

 Mayors’ group creates infrastructure task force to work with Trump
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A group representing the country’s mayors has launched a new infrastructure task force to work closely with the Trump administration and Congress on a massive rebuilding package.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) hopes to shape President Trump’s $1 trillion proposal, which the administration has yet to release, with a task force of mayors who are involved in various infrastructure sectors.

The organization will push to ensure that the infrastructure bill includes a broad range of transportation projects, including water, ports, energy and broadband, as well as other priorities such as tax-exempt municipal bonds and direct funding for cities.

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (D) will lead the new initiative, the group said, because of his experience working on local infrastructure priorities and working with top White House officials.

“Mayor Garcetti leads a city that has been at the forefront of so many infrastructure initiatives from a massive buildout of the city and region's transit system, smart and connected lighting, an accelerated deployment of renewable energy technologies, and substantial port and freight improvements, among others,” said Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett (R), president of USCM.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors has been vying to get in on the ground floor of Trump’s campaign promise to upgrade U.S. roads, bridges and airports.

The organization’s top executives met with then-President-elect Trump in December to discuss infrastructure issues, while then-Vice President-elect Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PencePence allies worried he'll be called to answer questions from Mueller: report Trump thought it was ‘low class’ for Pence to bring pets to VP residence: report Pence told RNC he could replace Trump on ticket after 'Access Hollywood' tape came out: report MORE addressed the group's winter meeting.

Mayors have also met with key transportation leaders on Capitol Hill, including House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP strategist donates to Alabama Democrat McConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees Brent Budowsky: A plea to Alabama voters MORE (R-Ky.) and Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.

“The path to economic prosperity runs through our investments in America’s infrastructure,” Garcetti said. “That means upgrading our roads and rail systems, modernizing our airports and ports of entry to better compete on the global stage, strengthening our water systems, and creating partnerships in telecommunications to better connect our communities.”