House transportation chair: Trump hasn't outlined infrastructure plans, but is committed to issue

House transportation chair: Trump hasn't outlined infrastructure plans, but is committed to issue
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Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.), who chairs the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate gears up for battle over witnesses in impeachment trial Vulnerable Democrats tout legislative wins, not impeachment Trump appears to set personal record for tweets in a day MORE has not yet offered specifics for how he plans to fix the nation’s crumbling infrastructure.

When pressed after a breakfast at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland about whether Trump has given the GOP chairman details on his infrastructure vision, Shuster told Business Insider “not particular.”

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But Shuster, who endorsed the presumptive Republican nominee back in April and is serving as a delegate at the presidential nominating convention this week, emphasized that Trump has committed to major investments in the transportation system.

“Again, Mr. Trump has been talking about transportation and infrastructure,” he said. “A couple weeks ago he said he’s going to be the greatest infrastructure president in the nation’s history.”

During a blistering attack on likely Democratic opponent Hilary Clinton last month, Trump said that he is the only presidential candidate who can restore the country’s decaying roads and bridges.

The real estate mogul vowed to “build the greatest infrastructure on the planet earth — the roads and railways and airports of tomorrow.”

“When I see the crumbling roads and bridges, or the dilapidated airports or the factories moving overseas to Mexico, or to other countries for that matter, I know these problems can all be fixed, but not by Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden hires Clinton, O'Rourke alum as campaign's digital director Trump neck and neck with top 2020 Democrats in Wisconsin: poll Clinton tweets impeachment website, encourages voters to 'see the evidence for themselves' MORE,” Trump said. “Only by me.”

Trump has yet to unveil any infrastructure plan on his campaign website.

Shuster said Trump has big footsteps to follow if he wants his presidency to have a great impact on infrastructure.

“That’s a tall order because Abraham Lincoln was an infrastructure president,” he said. “Teddy Roosevelt was an infrastructure president. The Panama Canal. And Eisenhower. All Republican presidents. Infrastructure is a Republican issue, but over the year we’ve lost. We’ve got to get back to figuring out how to build out and rebuild our national transportation. It’s essential to having a strong economy.”