White House: Infrastructure bill remains Trump priority

President Trump remains committed to working with Congress on a massive infrastructure bill, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday.

The reassurance from the White House comes as GOP leaders have signaled that the timeline for Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure package — which has yet to be unveiled — will likely slip to next year.

“The president’s been very outspoken on the need for a massive overhaul to the country’s infrastructure, and that certainly is still a priority, both legislative and in any capacity that he has the ability to carry that out,” Sanders told reporters at the daily briefing.

One of Trump's chief campaign promises was to upgrade U.S. roads, bridges, airports and other public works. Trump outlined broad infrastructure principles in his budget request this spring, but a more detailed legislative package is not expected to be released until at least this fall.

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The White House also issued an executive order this month to formally establish an infrastructure council, which has been tasked with vetting transportation projects and working on other rebuilding issues.

Following a stalled effort to repeal and replace ObamaCare in the Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate passes 0B defense bill Overnight Health Care: New GOP ObamaCare repeal bill gains momentum Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea MORE (R-Ky.) said that the GOP would be moving on “to comprehensive tax reform and to infrastructure.”

But Republican leaders have said that they must first tackle an overhaul of the tax code before they move onto infrastructure. And with tax reform likely to be just as time-consuming and daunting as healthcare, that means infrastructure could be stuck on the sidelines.

“I’d like to see infrastructure get done,” Sen. John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneAviation panel recommends Trump roll back safety rules Overnight Regulation: House moves to block methane rule | Senators wrestle with allowing driverless trucks | EPA delays toxic waste rule Overnight Tech: Senate looks at self-driving trucks | Facebook to keep ads off fake news | House panel calls Equifax CEO to testify MORE (S.D.), the Senate’s No. 3 Republican and chairman of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, told reporters earlier this month. “But I’ve always said, that in terms of how things are sequenced, it’s more likely that they would do tax reform first. And that might push infrastructure into sometime next year.”