President Donald Trump unveiled his plan to fix the nation’s infrastructure Monday, outlining a strategy he says will spark “new investment” to solve the problem, but Democrats call the proposal insufficient.
“Washington will no longer be a roadblock to progress. Washington will be your partner,” the president told local and state officials invited to the White House.
The president’s proposal calls for $200 billion in new federal funds that the administration anticipates will “stimulate $1.5 trillion in new investment in infrastructure,” with states, local governments and private partnerships expected to bear the brunt of the financial burden for achieving one of the president’s key campaign promises.
The president welcomed some governors and mayors to the White House for a discussion of infrastructure, in which he sought to parallel what he is trying to do at the federal level with his experience in business. He specifically touted the story of the ice skating rink project in New York City he said he took over after it had been mismanaged, citing it as an example of how he wants to streamline what he said would be an “unprecedented” investment in the nation’s infrastructure.