White House tamps down expectations about timing of $1T infrastructure plan


The White House is tamping down expectations that the details of President Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan will soon be released.

While President Trump said last week that his proposal is “coming fast”, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Monday that the administration wants to first tackle other legislative priorities before focusing on a national rebuilding program.

“That’s on the list, but I think we seem to have our hands full right now with tax reform and healthcare,” Spicer said at his daily briefing. “He’s obviously still committed to seeing infrastructure … but let’s get these first two things moving.”

{mosads}Still, officials appear to be speeding up the timeline for the proposal, which was initially slated for the fall,  as the administration looks for legislative victory. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao told The Boston Globe that the plan will likely debut this summer.

The timing also hinges on whether the administration attaches it to tax or healthcare reform legislation, which Trump said he is considering because the effort to rebuild U.S. roads, bridges and airports is “so popular” among lawmakers.

“It’s something that both sides of the aisle and both chambers probably agree on,” Spicer said. “We’ll have further details on that moving forward.”

While Democrats are unlikely to support ObamaCare repeal in exchange for infrastructure investment, a number of Democratic lawmakers broadly support the idea of coupling a rebuilding program with a tax code overhaul.

Trump told The Associated Press that he would be releasing a tax plan as soon as Wednesday that will include a “massive tax cut” for businesses and individuals.


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