Trump has asked Congress to approve legislation that produces a US$1 trillion investment in infrastructure, which will be financed through public and private capital.
He emphasised that “the time has come for a new programme of national rebuilding.”
He added that the US$6 trillion spent to rebuild the Middle East could have been used to rebuild the USA’s infrastructure twice, and highlighted a desire for US companies to buy American products and materials.
“The future of this rebuilding is in the hands of congress and NSSGA embraces this once-in-a-generation opportunity to continue down the road of President Eisenhower to make the transportation system in the United States the best in the world,” said Michele Stanley, NSSGA director of government affairs.
Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said the address affirmed Trump’s desire to turn campaign promises into realities.
“President Trump made infrastructure a priority before the election, and his address tonight reaffirmed his commitment to building a 21st-Century infrastructure,” he said. “Renewing the American spirit starts with creating jobs and economic opportunity. Our infrastructure is what ties all of these things together. The committee looks forward to working with the president and the Secretary of Transportation to improve our infrastructure and strengthen our economy.”
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