- The Washington Times - Monday, February 12, 2018

White House Legislative Director Marc Short said Monday that the infrastructure plan gives some power back to the states to use the money as they need.

“The reason infrastructure is crumbing is because the bureaucracy here doesn’t enable this action to move forward. So what we’re going to do is to empower the states and localities to use some federal dollars to match it and reinvest in their communities,” Mr. Short said on Fox News.

Infrastructure was one of President Trump’s major campaign promises, but the plan has been delayed as health care and tax reform took precedent in the administration’s first year. Mr. Trump is set to reveal the full plan later on Monday, but a preview of the rollout shows $1.5 trillion investment to improve roads and airports as well as an overhaul of the federal permit process.

House Democrats proposed another plan to address infrastructure last week and said that from what they’ve seen of the president’s plan, they have reservations. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said based on what she heard at the State of the Union, the president’s plan shifts the burden to cities and states.

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