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White House poised to kick-off infrastructure plan

12 February 2018

On Monday, the White House will unveil its long-awaited infrastructure plan, fulfilling a signature campaign promise of President Donald Trump that pledges $200 billion in federal spending.

Mr. Trump will propose spending $200 billion over 10 years, most in the form of new, competitive grants created to encourage states and cities to raise their own money for improving rails, airports, highways and water systems.

The White House proposal will offer $100 billion in incentives to state and local governments, but will propose a smaller percentage of matching finds than the federal government has typically offered. "We're pretty agnostic to the way they raise revenue".

But the official was short on details of how the final $1.5 trillion was actually calculated.

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"There are still going to be the president's priorities as we seek to spend the money consistent with our priorities and not the priorities that were reflected mostly by Democrats in Congress" Mr Mulvaney said.

"I can't tell you there's going to be no cut in any infrastructure programs in the federal government", Gribbin said to the Conference of Mayors.

"This is a bait and switch, it's going to raise costs for state and local governments and ultimately the taxpayers", said Democratic Congresswoman Janice Schakowsky of IL on a call organized by the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

The president noted that tackling the nation's infrastructure should also include partnering with state and local governments as well as the private sector "where appropriate". But the fund would match investments only up to $0.20 on the dollar at the maximum level of federal investment.

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The budget request that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTillerson: Russia already looking to interfere in 2018 midterms Dems pick up deep-red legislative seat in Missouri Speier on Trump's desire for military parade: "We have a Napoleon in the making" MORE is releasing Monday will propose more than $23 billion for border security and immigration enforcement - including funds for a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border, the White House said Sunday. "They're no spending floors". An Obama-era grant program that focused on fixing environmental problems and reducing energy dependence will also be cut. A growing number of Republican congressional leaders have called for spending and regulatory reforms to welfare programs and Medicare and Medicaid, critics say those cuts could be used to fund their tax and infrastructure programs.

The Trump administration says it wants to shorten the time and expense of getting federal permits by consolidating the reviews conducted by different agencies into "one federal decision", with one agency taking the lead on evaluating a project.

Democrats in Congress called last week for $1 trillion in direct federal spending, including $100 billion on schools alone as well as billions to expand rural broadband internet service, improve airports, mass transit, roads and ports, boost energy efficiency and improve aging water systems.

The proposal also includes $50 billion for rural infrastructure projects, which would be distributed to states in the form of block grants.

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White House poised to kick-off infrastructure plan