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.
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 McConnellOvernight Defense & National Security — US, Iran return to negotiating table Senate GOP blocks defense bill, throwing it into limbo On The Money — Biden stresses calm amid omicron fears 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 ThuneNo deal in sight as Congress nears debt limit deadline Parnell exit threatens to hurt Trump's political clout Schumer-McConnell dial down the debt ceiling drama 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.”