Trump plans infrastructure 'task force'

Trump plans infrastructure 'task force'
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President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpIran convicts American businessman on spying charge: report DC, state capitals see few issues, heavy security amid protest worries Pardon-seekers have paid Trump allies tens of thousands to lobby president: NYT MORE is planning to create an infrastructure "task force" that will be tasked with helping him implement a top level spending program, the Washington Post reported on Tuesday.

A source familiar with the initiative told the newspaper that heading the task force won't be a cabinet-level position, but added that some key members of Trump's transition team, including strategist Stephen K. Bannon, senior adviser Stephen Miller and son-in-law Jared Kushner are involved in the project. While the position would resemble the issue "czars" appointed by President Obama, the task force's head wouldn't be called a "czar."

According to the source, the head of the program will also coordinate between private investors as well as federal, state and local officials in order to assist the new administration with their planned infrastructure initiatives.


“The Trump folks have reached out on a staff level and discussed this idea,” a person familiar with the talks told the newspaper. “It doesn’t seem particularly well formed or specific at this point...There’s not a concrete thing out there that they are asking for support on at the moment.”

While Trump's promised plan offers a bipartisan opportunity to work with Democrats who have long pushed for more infrastructure spending, critics say it relies too much on $137 billion in tax credits for private businesses. The plan could also face opposition from congressional Republicans wary of new spending.

According to the report, the task force team will also help the administration narrow down the meaning of the word "infrastructure" in order to focus on specific programs targeted by Trump.

In the past, the president-elect has made a pledge to invest in infrastructure, promising to rebuild everything from highways and bridges to schools and hospitals.

"We are going to fix our inner cities and rebuild our highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, schools, hospitals," Trump told his supporters on election night. "We're going to rebuild our infrastructure, which will become, by the way, second to none, and we will put millions of our people to work as we rebuild it."