President Trump Hosts White House Infrastructure Initiative With State and Local Leaders…

Earlier today President Trump hosted a White House discussion meeting to outline an infrastructure initiative with state and local leaders.  The initiative is part of a $1.5 trillion proposal to join with federal, state, local and private investment toward rebuilding American critical infrastructure, roads and bridges.

[Via White House] BUILDING AMERICA’S INFRASTRUCTURE: Today, President Donald J. Trump released his legislative goals to rebuild our Nation’s crumbling infrastructure. The six principles include:

  • $200 billion in Federal funds to spur at least $1.5 trillion in infrastructure investments with partners at the State, local, Tribal, and private level.
  • New investments will be made in rural America, which has been left behind for too long.
  • Decision making authority will be returned to State and local governments.
  • Regulatory barriers that needlessly get in the way of infrastructure projects will be removed.
  • Permitting for infrastructure projects will be streamlined and shortened.
  • America’s workforce will be supported and strengthened.

STIMULATE INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT: President Trump’s plan will lead to at least $1.5 trillion in investments to rebuild our failing infrastructure and develop innovative projects.

  • $200 billion in Federal funds will spur at least $1.5 trillion in new infrastructure investments.
    • Federal infrastructure spending will promote State, local, and private investments and maximize the value of every taxpayer dollar.
  • Of the $200 billion, $100 billion will create an Incentives Program to spur additional dedicated funds from States, localities, and the private sector.
    • Applications for the Incentives Program will be evaluated on objective criteria, with creating additional infrastructure investment being the largest factor.
    • The Incentives Program will promote accountability, making Federal funding conditional on projects meeting agreed upon milestones.
  • $20 billion will be dedicated to the Transformative Projects Program.
    • This program will provide Federal aid for bold and innovative projects that have the potential to dramatically improve America’s infrastructure.
    • The program will focus on projects that could have a significant positive impact on States, cities, and localities but may not attract private sector investment because of the project’s unique characteristics.
  • $20 billion will be allocated to expanding infrastructure financing programs.
    • Of the $20 billion, $14 billion will go to expanding a number of existing credit programs: TIFIA, WIFIA, RRIF, and rural utility lending.
    • $6 billion will go to expanding Private Activity Bonds.
  • $10 billion will go to a new Federal Capital Revolving Fund, which will reduce inefficient leasing of Federal real property which would be more cost-effective to purchase.
  • A new fund will allow some incremental revenues from energy development on public lands to pay for the capital and maintenance needs of public lands infrastructure.

INVEST IN RURAL AMERICA: Rural America’s infrastructure has been left behind for too long, and President Trump’s plan will make sure it is supported and modernized.

  • $50 billion of the $200 billion in direct Federal funding will be devoted to a new Rural Infrastructure Program to rebuild and modernize infrastructure in rural America.
    • The bulk of the dollars in the Rural Infrastructure Program will be allocated to State governors, giving States the flexibility to prioritize their communities’ needs.
    • The remaining funds will be distributed through rural performance grants to encourage the best use of taxpayer dollars.

INCREASE STATE AND LOCAL AUTHORITY: President Trump’s proposal will return decision-making authority to State and local governments, which know the needs of their communities. 

  • Funds awarded to State and local authorities, such as through the Incentives Program and the Rural Infrastructure Program, will be allocated to infrastructure projects they prioritize.
    • This empowers States and localities to make more infrastructure investment decisions and prioritize projects based on the needs of their communities
  • The plan will expand processes that allow environmental review and permitting decisions to be delegated to States.
  • The plan will also allow Federal agencies to divest assets that can be better managed by State or local governments or the private sector.

ELIMINATE REGULATORY BARRIERS: The President’s plan would eliminate barriers that prevent virtually all infrastructure projects from being efficiently developed and managed.

  • The President’s plan will:
    • Provide more flexibility to transportation projects that have minimal Federal funding but are currently required to seek Federal review and approval.
    • Incentivize the efficient development and management of water infrastructure, in part, by providing more flexibility to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and its partners.
    • Give the Department of Veterans Affairs the flexibility to use its existing assets to acquire new facilities by allowing it to retain property sale proceeds and exchange existing facilities for construction of new facilities.
    • Expand funding eligibility for land revitalization projects through the Superfund program and establish tools to help manage their legal and financial matters.

STREAMLINE PERMITTING: President Trump’s infrastructure proposal will shorten and simplify the approval process for infrastructure projects.

  • Working with Congress, we will:
    • Establish a “one agency, one decision” structure for environmental reviews.
    • Shorten the lengthy environmental review process to two years while still protecting the environment.
    • Eliminate certain redundant and inefficient provisions in environmental laws.
    • Create two new pilot programs to test new ways to improve the environmental review process.

INVEST IN OUR COUNTRY’S MOST IMPORTANT ASSET – ITS PEOPLE: The President is proposing reforms so Americans secure good-paying jobs and meet the needs of our industries. 

  • The President’s plan would reform Federal education and workforce development programs to better prepare Americans to perform the in-demand jobs of today and the future.  This includes:
    • Making high-quality, short-term programs that provide students with a certification or credential in an in-demand field eligible for Pell Grants.
    • Reforming the Perkins Career and Technical Education Program to ensure more students have access to high-quality technical education to develop the skills required in today’s economy.
    • Better targeting Federal Work-Study funds to help more students obtain important workplace experience, including through apprenticeships.

(White House Link)

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80 Responses to President Trump Hosts White House Infrastructure Initiative With State and Local Leaders…

  1. We need to do more in our own backyard. Rather than in other nations. Military should secure our own borders rather than those of other countries.

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    • fleporeblog says:

      Our President is going back on the road to sell his proposal!

      Liked by 7 people

    • tampa2 says:

      Trish Regan, in for the forever absent Lou Dobbs, just interjected during a Charlie Hurt interview, that “my stage manager couldn’t believe you said that”! Basically about PDJT leveraging the budget proposal for the benefit of America and Americans. So, who are these “stage managers” whispering in the ears of these useful idiots?

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    • kroesus says:

      it is ILLEGAL to use the US military for interior enforcement (Posse Comititus) and this would include stationing them inside our borders to act as a police agency in charge of enforcing current law….they can provide intelligence and support services for CBP and ICE but not policing actions

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      • Big Jake says:

        Kro, come on now. This isn’t stopping criminals, this is repelling boarders. This is an invasion.

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      • Katherine McCoun says:

        They hav been used within our borders before as well as at our borders. See Border War, 1910-1919. General Pershing was there with the army. Many other examples but this one in is spot on

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  2. Paco Loco says:

    Federalism at its best!

    Liked by 6 people

    • Fleporeblog says:

      Your absolutely right! I thoroughly enjoyed the entire video. Our President was in his comfort zone. I absolutely love the fact that the Federal Government is only putting up $200 Billion of the $1.5 Trillion dollars 💵. This really will be projects that involve federal, local, state and private investments.

      States like NY, CA, NJ, CT, IL etc. that spend billions and billions of dollars 💵 on BS are going to have a difficult time raising the required funds. They have such deficits because of their mismanagement of tax payer dollars. These morons were hoping that the Federal Government was going to pickup the majority of the cost.

      Those states and local governments that don’t abuse tax payer dollars have a golden opportunity to upgrade their infrastructure BIGLY!

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      • nuthinmuffin says:

        just think, road projects without the big “o” sign…

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      • Beenthere says:

        Absolutely correct about you mentioning those states. I know for a fact there are many many bridges, large & small, in CT that need major repair work. It is not done because the bidding process is just too cumbersome & the politicians were hoping most of the money would come from the feds. Democrat-run CT government screwed themselves again. (You have no idea how moronic & selfish these CT politicians are!)

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  3. Katherine McCoun says:

    In case you haven’t had time to catch up on the Presidential open thread let me just say that I really enjoyed watching this. If you have time, this was a fun watch – so interesting to see the
    President in action, working with politicians from across the country…and across the political spectrum.

    I learned about infrastructure but more is listed above as far as facts go. What I learned much more is how POTUS works with, motivates and brings out the best in people. He also sets expectations and competition among the country’s leaders.

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    • amwick says:

      I actually saw a few minutes of this meeting…This is me, grinning ear to ear. Our President didn’t seem like any President, he seemed like a BOSS! I can’t quite describe it.. I just loved the way he handled the meeting, the people, the discussion, the give and take…it was just so different from anything I have seen from another President… BOSS!!! I loved the straight forward talk, down to earth, totally believable. Our country needed a businessman… and how! We were sliding so far down into that dark place…. It was just such a pleasure.

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  4. bosscook says:

    Well, look at that! A POTUS being “Presidential”! Instead of bowing to foreign leaders and sending them boatloads of cash.

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  5. woohoowee says:

    MAGA 🙂

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  6. I really appreciate President Trump’s focus on technical schools and apprenticeships. We badly need more skilled workers in the Aerospace industry. CNC programmers / Machinists / Welders / CMM programmers make good money.

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    • Minnie says:

      I personally know 3 strapping, bright and eager young men willing to hone a craft.

      Where can we sign them up?

      🇺🇸❤️🇺🇸

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    • nuthinmuffin says:

      plumbers, electricians, carpenters…not day laborers

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    • kate says:

      Golden, I agree wholeheartedly with you, but can you imagine the difference in education for these students versus the education received anymore from the big name colleges and universities, I bet the hands on students gain far more knowledge and availability of great paying jobs then the snowflakes in the so called higher learning schools who graduate with useless degrees who are only qualified to work in low paying jobs. This is what America is all about.

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  7. mikebrezzze says:

    The resistance that squeals the loudest are without a doubt the most corrupt!

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  8. czarowniczy says:

    Trump hadn’t even cleared the podium when Louisiana governor Edwards started boo-hoo-hooing that the plan was unworkable because it relied at some point(s) on the state kicking in monies and states like Louisiana don’t have extra cash.
    Louisiana’s so-called budget is about a billion-$$$$ short this year, as it is most years. It’s given huge tax breaks to industry to move in, especially the movie industry, the governors and legislature not quite realizing, due to their basic self interests, that taking bribes to give tax breaks and attract business doesn’t create that much revenue.
    There’s also the fact that damn near half the state’s budget is earmarked for special interest groups and can’t be touched. OK, it really could be touched but no one wants to touch that 3rd rail and gouge some other legislative ox for fear theirs will be gored in return. So the Lady’s Coastal Oyster Appreciation Club and Marching Band continues to get its yearly stipend while the touchable portion of the budget bleeds.
    There have been a few windfalls over the last 30ish years that have resulted in extra cash flow. The legislature could hardly conceal its glee and overwhelming desire to spend the cash as quickly as possible but ‘cooler heads’ prevailed (usually referred to as ‘political BS artists’) and a rainy-day fund was established to house the bucks in case of a fiscal rainy day. This being Louisiana where rainy days are legend…
    There was the off-shore casino movement where funds generated by the gambling industry would be sequestered and dedicated to improving the state’s public education system which regularly fought with Mississippi for nation’s worst. The funds were shifted to the general fund while Louisiana’s public school system is still the nation’s worst (even DC beat La), the state’s colleges and universities are suffering massive cuts and the state’s college scholarship fund is going to get steamrollered. Ladies in the Oyster Club won’t get hit though.
    So expect Louisiana and a cohort of like spendthrifts to cry poor mouth and expect the Feds to squeeze the cash out of taxpayers to fund their states’ infrastructure programs while they continue their fiscal wastrel ways. Crap, Hillary wouldn’t have expected them to clean up their own messes, Trump’s plan’s…welllll…racist…or something like that.

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    • At this point.. as long as something REAL gets actually build with federal money we can be “happy”.

      To me it sounded like Trump will put the projects at the top that are possible to be finished within few years.
      I have NO DOUBT that Trump will only finance the projects with the biggest bang for the buck.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        Let’s hope as states whose budgets are already in the crapper will surely try to get taxpayers in other states to foot their bills. After the billions of Katrina dollars pumped into Louisiana (and they’re still coming) and the millions the state’s received (and more it’s planning to receive ) for coastal repairs caused by the state’s own greed and bad decisions I’d have the state submit to a complete fiscal proctoscope before another penny comes in.
        We all know that will never happen so let’s just see how the ‘gimme mo’ that free Fedruh monies’ play shakes out.

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    • Publius2016 says:

      Too bad…if they have a good project ready to go, it’s a done deal! The federal funds are the closer not the starter…that’s the genius of the plan…unlike shovel ready (ie graft), this is about America First!

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      • czarowniczy says:

        Late last year the major I-10 bridge outta town was damaged after hundreds of tires illegally dumped over a long period of time on city property under the bridge caught fire. The bridge and tire dump are right in town and were right on an exit…no one in the city noticed/inspected/reported it. These people couldn’t get a project up and ready to go if their lives depended on it – and I expect New Orleans isn’t unique in this matter.

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    • highdezertgator says:

      LA King Fish mentality…. graft and more graft
      Louisiana and Army Corps planned for 100 year flood levels…. Katrina Kaboom!
      Netherlands plans for 1000 year flood levels.
      Who do you want to build the next “ark of protection”?

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      • czarowniczy says:

        Yeah but ya gotta remember that the CoE screwed the levee wall design on the 17th Street Canal while NO ONE checked the barges in the Industrial Canal to make sure they were secured. When the City and Levee Board were notified by an engineer about leaks under the 17th Street Canal levee wall weeks before Katrina they just blew it off. Then the City itself had no viable response plan for a disaster they knew, that the TV stations constantly talked about each hurricane season, so that when it hit the city officials had all they could handle just taking care of themselves. The state reelects the Confederacy of dunces at regular intervals.

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    • Tegan says:

      To Gov. Edwards and Louisanna….too bad, so sad. It’s called priorities and fiscal management …not to mention fiduciary responsibility.

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    • thedoc00 says:

      Almost 2-3 months ago, the Schumer and Pelosi went on record that they were against Trump’s infrastructure approach because they wanted the Federal Government to fund 100% of it. This is nothing new.

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      • nuthinmuffin says:

        because they want their egg for left wing social programs

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      • czarowniczy says:

        Problem is that the ‘government’ doesn’t fund s***, the taxpayers do. Let’s look at California where my EIA search shows an average of ~$3.40ish a gallon for gas. How much more are residents going to pay when they know they’re paying for infrastructure repairs out of state? If states can’t be fiscally responsible than they should get their house in order befote they comes abeggin’.

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  9. dayallaxeded says:

    This would’ve been a pretty great idea back in the mid-70s. Imperial fedgov has been raping state and local tax bases and pushing them to fund more and more social engineering (to favor Demonrats, then uniparty) since mid-60s. There’s almost no capacity in state and local gummint to repair infrastructure and there won’t be, if, as continued massive Imperial fedgov deficit spending mandates, big creepy Uncle Sam continues to rape and pillage the tax base. Moreover, state and local gummints are infested with SJWs and related idjits who have no idea how to manage, maintain, repair, or improve infrastructure–all they’re capable of is paying consultants to develop programs to spend more money on the non- or counter-productive. Sorry to be a wet blanket, but until fedgov gets starved back into its constitutional cage, none of this shiite is gonna work. And the stock and bond markets know it.

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    • Glad to skip your state that can’t balance its budget and won’t co-fund infrastructure.

      More for the rest of us.

      First-come, first-served for shortest-cycle State and Local Approvals of worthy projects!

      So long as the funds hold out.

      DISQUALIFY SANCTUARY STATES & CITIES!

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      • I live in Washington State – home of the ultra-liberal sanctuary city of Seattle, where the Legislature can’t raise gas taxes fast enough and our property taxes have increased by double digits for years…BUT I agree with you!

        Our roads/traffic are awful and all the politicians want to do is try to shove more people into poorly run public transportation. If the Feds will match dollars and improve the infrastructure of states that are willing to work with them, then it MAY finally wake up enough people in King County to dump the Democrats and finally return this beautiful state to a place of sanity!

        (But hand in hand with this is the need to remove the entire voting system which is so rife with fraud that no one trusts the results. This goes for the whole country!)

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      • GB Bari says:

        I agree with your sentiment even though my state (Maryland) is probably one of those against the proposal since our congressional Reps and Senators are overwhelmingly radical left wing progressive Democrats who simply badmouth and obstruct President Trump at every opportunity. Even though I vote “R” in every election, we rural Deplorables have become heavily outnumbered by the palms-up crowd in the DC and Baltimore metro areas.

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      • fleporeblog says:

        BKR read my post above! I am so grateful that states like NY, CA, IL, CT, NJ etc. that abuse the taxpayer funds wot be able to participate because they are dead ass broke!

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    • ibobland08 says:

      I’m skeptical of the idea, but I am willing to give it a shot. My fear is that $300 billion somehow balloons into a much higher figure.

      What I don’t understand is how is private money going to obtained? Are we expecting a trucking company to contribute money for roads or something? Not trying to be smart, I am genuinely curious.

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  12. Iron Lady says:

    Is there any mention of cyber infrastructure and electrical grid. Those are extremely important and seem to have been ignored in the past – especially the grid. Needs hardening. Yesterday.

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    • G. Combs says:

      I saw something last year about grid hardening IIRC. I made a mental note, and sighed in relief but didn’t mark it.

      A search turned up this:
      http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/trump-first-president-to-protect-electric-grid-from-emp-cyberattacks/article/2644025

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      • kroesus says:

        I have seen articles in the past saying the national electrical grid could be shielded from EMP for as little as $10B and Congress has known this was a vulnerability for at least the last 15 years and still no action on the matter

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        • Texian says:

          In reality they don’t want it hardened for a reason.. just know that simple truth. In their hubris they stupidly think their walls, gated communities, planes and Hitlerean bunkers will keep the dogs out.. If the grid goes down though they are toast.. The only friends they will have in a grid down situation are inside the beltway or the narrow corridor.. which will be ransacked..

          Putin realizes his greatest national resource is his People, he has built bunkers for them.. and recently ran an emergency test. So what does that tell us about how our own “representative” Congress thinks of us? Hmm..

          The current Congress is the most corrupt bunch of criminals in our Nation’s history, and who don’t give a sh*t about the people they are supposed to represent.. Sir Trump has to constantly twist their arm behind their back to get anything done that actually helps the real producers – the American middle class – in this Nation..

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  13. Pam says:

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  14. simicharmed says:

    I cringe at places like California with regards to public projects and Federal dollars allocated there. This place has “prevailing wage” on ALL public projects which (in summary), inflates wages for these projects many times 10-fold of what the realistic costs should be. The prevailing wage schedule has EVERY job description one could imagine and the hourly rates are truly off the charts. Just about any project has the lowest person making $30+ per hour! I remember a project I was involved in 10 years ago….there was actually a position called sheet-rock-layer and it was $33/hour!

    At any rate – anything done in California will literally be 500% that cost of elsewhere.. They will get money and it will actually do very little compared to most other States… SAD!

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    • Hap Hazard says:

      When and if California gets any of this federal infrastructure money, it will be used to pay for their public employee pension shortfall. That is what they’re doing with the 50-cent gas tax which went into effect a few months ago. That is supposedly for “infrastructure” but it is a cruel hoax.

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    • Publius2016 says:

      Believe it or not…some of this $1.5 Trillion will find it’s way to California! They complain but when it comes to Federal Funds they’re first in line! Look at LA Ports and all the Nuclear Power…there’s a reason it’s the food basket to the world!!! If they lowered taxes and went back to being “truly liberal” (ie no government), California would see tremendous growth instead of the modern nightmare it’s becoming!

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    • Lawrence says:

      That’s why Trump is letting the states decide. Competition for votes and $$ is the only way California will turn around. Wanna have s**thole state? Fine with the feds. You gotta answer to your people.

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      • simicharmed says:

        Good point Lawrence. President Trump “has this” (for sake of better terms). The Fools (and I say that lightly), running this once great state into the ground, are not going to be able to squander Federal dollars to friends while nothing gets done! Jerry Brown is an absolute buffoon who was placed back into power (again), by California Public Employee Unions, Illegal Aliens and (via) the Globalists money. The mismanagement also comes via the anchor baby and non-earned amnesty folk polluting the State Legislature!

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    • kroesus says:

      unless he suspends them most projects with federal funds involved require the contract to be done under Bacon-Davis rules where prevailing UNION wages are to be paid for the work performed

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  17. PodPeople says:

    Anyone know where to find the list of attendees? I want to ask my governor / mayor why they were not there fighting for funds for their constituents.

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  18. joeknuckles says:

    I expect Brennan to become the new Jimmy Hoffa. He’s going to disappear. When deep sea fisherman snag something too heavy to pull up, they will be joking that they must have found John Brennan.

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  19. sierrasky says:

    Let’s get the 168 hwy built over the Sierras!

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  20. Publius2016 says:

    The Man is a genius and his Team of Patriots are all top of the class! President says he wants to add the Guy who sells all the crappy steel grating because it’s everywhere! Says he’s the best salesman he’s ever seen! When cold it bends…when hot too…hit it and it looks horrible but it’s everywhere!!! President Trump is all business…Guy complains a lost historic bridge…President Sorry…you need to work it out locally! Wilberine gets to use Commerce Innovation funds of $20 Billion!!! New Apollo mission!

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  21. The 5G plans are not necessarily equal to “broadband access.” I wonder how much push back has been heard due to safety concerns about saturating every region in our nation?

    If the demonstrated infertility effects reduce our population fast enough, there won’t be an America with or without a border wall.

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  22. Wingman says:

    Imagine that…a program that actually HELPS America rather than filling campaign donors pockets ala “shovel ready” lies.

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  23. georgiafl says:

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  24. jbrickley says:

    So long as it’s not like those awful stimulus bills! Might as well have lit the money on fire. I get on the interstate highway and see these huge signs saying Stimulus, your tax dollars at work. There were 50 dump trucks full of tar and a machine tearing up the tar that was laid one year prior and they were putting down a new replacement layer. This mind you went on every night all night long till almost the entire Interstate was repaved. There were no cracks nor crumbling pavement no potholes because it was just done the year prior. All to keep the DOT and contractors working after the 2008 crash. Other Stimulus money just went poof and never materialized. Further Stimulus money was held in D.C. and used to fund things while Congress was in gridlock and there was no federal budget.

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  25. Just watched this and this is the real deal. This is where it is all happening…a shame the media is so uninterested. This is the stuff that matters to the American people. Notice how it’s rural and small town America represented here. Who the heck cares about Rob Porter? So pathetic that we have no journalists interested in this stuff. It’s all happening with or without the media…sorry to break the news to them, but they are irrelevant.

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  26. trumpmaga says:

    God bless President Trump

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  27. dufrst says:

    In command. MAGA!!

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  28. Luke of the D says:

    After having rolled this whole infrastructure enhancement proposal around in my head, I have come to support it. Yes, the debt problem is still there, but -to steal a line from Field of Dream- if we build it, they will come! The best way to get the economy humming again is to have an infrastructure in place to enable it. The debt problem is still there, but I believe President Trump has the right plan to deal with it long term.

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  29. A story of a community on an island that had terrible internet service and decided to DIY the necessary infrastructure:
    https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2015/11/how-a-group-of-neighbors-created-their-own-internet-service/

    (Granted, I still think they are creating a self-inflicted toxic environment for themselves, but I admire the resourcefulness of the endeavor.)

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