May 14, 2018
Trump’s Infrastructure Plan ‘Not Likely’ in 2018
Last week during a run-of-the-mill White House briefing, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders delivered some frustrating (albeit not totally unexpected) news: Congress likely will not pass President Donald Trump’s massive infrastructure plan this year.
“I don’t know that there will be one by the end of this year,” Sanders said. “Certainly, the administration, as you mentioned, secured some funding for infrastructure projects. We also laid out priorities that we wanted to see in an infrastructure legislation package. We’re going to continue to look at ways to improve the nation’s infrastructure. But in terms of a specific piece of legislation, I’m not aware that that will happen by the end of the year.”
Although the $250 billion infrastructure plan was one of President Trump’s key legislative goals, he had hinted as early as March that it wasn’t likely to happen prior to the November midterm elections. Although the administration unveiled its infrastructure proposal in February, Congress shifted its focus to other priorities.
“You’ll probably have to wait until after the election, which isn’t so long down the road,” Trump said. “But we’re going to get this infrastructure going.”
Speaker Paul Ryan said the infrastructure plan would likely come to fruition in the form of five or six separate pieces of legislation.
The news comes just days before the Transportation Construction Coalition’s annual fly-in, in which hundreds of transportation construction industry executives will be visiting the capitol to talk to top federal policymakers and meet with their congressional delegation to discuss pending transportation issues May 14 through 16, 2018.
Hopefully that trip will result in some positive news for all of us in the asphalt industry, as well as America’s driving public.
You can read the full transcript from the briefing here.