President Donald Trump and his administration have tried to go about an “infrastructure week,” but the public-relations push is missing key policy details — and an actual piece of legislation.
Trump is headed to Ohio on Wednesday to talk about his desire to invest substantially in rebuilding America’s roads, bridges, waterways, and airports.
The trip follows a signing ceremony Monday for a statement of principles from Trump, which asked Congress to look into privatizing US air traffic control systems. Trump is also set to meet with state and local lawmakers on Thursday.
But despite the public push, Trump is still missing an actual legislative plan.
Trump released some broad strokes during the campaign on how he wanted to go about getting an investment of $US1 trillion in the country’s infrastructure. But he has provided little detail while actually in office aside from a February speech to a joint session of Congress.
Even the most concrete, policy-specific aspect of infrastructure week so far — Trump’s proposal to privatize the US air traffic control system — is a one-page letter to Congress asking the body to look into the matter. It did not provide details on how the administration wants it to be structured.
National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, a close adviser to Trump, told The New York Times there is no bill forthcoming because the administration did not want to add another item to a palate of healthcare reform, tax reform, and more in Congress.
“If we thought it was the time to release an infrastructure bill, we would release an infrastructure bill,” Cohn told the Times. “We just can’t keep throwing stuff on Congress. We actually need them to get legislation done. And as they start getting legislation done, we’ll come back with infrastructure.”
Cohn also told CBS “This Morning” on Wednesday the White House “will have a detailed plan.” That follows with reports earlier in the year that the White House was targeting 2018 for their infrastructure rollout.
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