GOP chair: Details on Trump infrastructure plan expected in June

GOP chair: Details on Trump infrastructure plan expected in June
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More details are expected to emerge on President Trump’s infrastructure plan, which the administration outlined broadly in its budget proposal this week.

Rep. Sam GravesSam GravesHouse panel approves proposal to privatize air traffic control Highway Trust Fund in need of a long-term fix Proposal to privatize air traffic control struggles to win over critics MORE (R-Mo.), chairman of Transportation and Infrastructure highways and transit subcommittee, told reporters Thursday he “absolutely” expects to hear more guidance from the White House about Trump’s rebuilding package in the coming weeks.

“[Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao] said that the administration is going to be releasing their details on the infrastructure bill later this month, maybe the first part of June,” Graves said.

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The administration laid out Trump's vision for a $1 trillion infrastructure plan in his budget request on Tuesday, offering the first real glimpse of the highly anticipated proposal.

It calls for pouring $200 billion into transportation projects over 10 years to create $1 trillion worth of overall investment through public-private partnerships, though it does not indicate where the money would be spent or how it would be paid for.

A six-page fact sheet was also released alongside the spending document that highlighted four infrastructure principles and identified other specific ideas.

The White House said it wants to encourage more public assets to be sold off to the private sector; expand an existing infrastructure loan program; and reduce tolling restrictions on existing interstate highways, among other things.

Chao has signaled in recent weeks that the administration would be putting out a statement of infrastructure “principles” to provide further clarity for lawmakers and stakeholders about Trump’s rebuilding ideas.

On a press call with reporters, Chao seemed to indicate that the principles had been made public through the budget fact sheet.

But she also told reporters that more details would be forthcoming, including a full legislative package expected to be unveiled later this summer.

“I think they are simple and yet quite profound,” Chao said of the principles. “With these principles being made public and available, we will have a conversation with stakeholders and … build out a legislative package.”