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 TrumpEsper sidesteps question on whether he aligns more with Mattis or Trump Warren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' As tensions escalate, US must intensify pressure on Iran and the IAEA MORE's plan to overhaul the nation's infrastructure.

Sen. John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneGOP struggles to find backup plan for avoiding debt default GOP frets over nightmare scenario for Senate primaries High anxiety hits Senate over raising debt ceiling MORE (R-S.D.) announced Friday that Energy Secretary Rick PerryJames (Rick) Richard PerrySenior Trump administration official to leave post next week Overnight Energy: Trump doesn't mention climate change in speech touting environmental policies | Green groups fight EPA's new FOIA rule | Trump emissions rollback hit with legal challenge Trump touts environmental policies, but says nothing of climate change MORE, Labor Secretary Alexander AcostaAlex Alexander AcostaFake passport, cash and diamonds found in Epstein's home, prosecutors say Ross in Trump's crosshairs after census loss: report Chris Christie: Trump administration departures go back to 'how poorly the transition was run' MORE and Agriculture Secretary Sonny PerdueGeorge (Sonny) Ervin PerdueThis is not the way to move USDA agencies out of Washington American farmers can't afford this administration's climate apathy Overnight Energy: New EPA rule could expand officials weighing in on FOIA requests | Trump plan to strip conservation fund gets bipartisan pushback | Agriculture chief downplays climate concerns MORE would appear before the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee next Wednesday.

The Cabinet officials will join Transportation Secretary Elaine ChaoElaine Lan ChaoPence aide: Trump's 'intent' wasn't racist Pence praises 'generous' US immigration system at July 4 naturalization ceremony 2020 candidate Tim Ryan questions Trump administration about planned July 4 event cost MORE and Commerce Secretary Wilbur RossWilbur Louis RossThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet House poised to hold Barr, Ross in contempt Ross in Trump's crosshairs after census loss: report MORE, who were already expected to appear before the panel.

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"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.