Questions and Doubts about Trump's Infrastructure Plan
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is among those trying to change the subject when discussing infrastructure under the new president
Although initially promised as one of the key pillars of his presidency, President-elect Donald Trump and his advisors have started to cast doubt on whether or not that is true. Following a response from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell where he said he wanted to avoid a large stimulus package, Reince Priebus, Trump’s chief of staff, said the new administration would be focusing on health care and tax laws. Any question about infrastructure was avoided.
Trump now says that he realizes the large proposals he discussed during his campaign do not align with his party’s ideas.
"That's not a very Republican thing - I didn't even know that, frankly," he said in an interview.
Democrats had hoped infrastructure would be an issue that both parties could agree on, although that no longer seems to be the case. Lobbyists and lawmakers in the industry are now starting to worry, according to a report.
"Everybody is putting together their Christmas lists for what they want to see in an infrastructure bill," said Kevin Gluba, executive director of the Alliance for Innovation and Infrastructure. "The biggest question: Who is going to pay for it? Many of the ideas floating around are far too pricey to make into law."