Some Sort of Infrastructure Plan

Congress is waiting along with the rest of us to see what President Donald Trump has in store in his promised infrastructure package.

Trump told Congress in January that he wants a $1 trillion investment in the nation’s infrastructure. He proposed $200 billion in direct federal funding over 10 years in his FY2018 budget, which also included a set of core principles his infrastructure proposal would address. 

But since then, we have not garnered much in the way of details or legislative proposals. Neither have key congressional leaders.


Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Chairman John Thune (R-S.D.) told reporters June 29 his committee had offered suggestions on what an infrastructure bill might look like, but that now they are waiting on the administration.

“They’re supposedly going to submit some sort of a plan, correct?” Thune asked of a nearby staffer.

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao told Congress and reporters in recent months that she expects to have a legislative package in the third quarter of 2017. 

Thune repeated that he expects work on any infrastructure bill to spill into 2018, given the busy congressional calendar and dwindling number of working days left in 2017. 

Congressional sources say they continue to have infrastructure conversations with the administration, but they haven’t seen any firm legislative proposal.

“We’re sort of waiting on the administration to tell us what it is exactly they want to do,” Thune told reporters. 

Aren’t we all.