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Report: WH Reaches Out to Conservatives on Infrastructure

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By    |   Thursday, 01 Jun 2017 07:57 PM

A Trump administration official Thursday briefed members of more than a dozen conservative groups on President Donald Trump's $1 trillion infrastructure program – apparently in a move to assuage fears about the cost of the effort.

Alex Herrgott, the associate director for infrastructure for the White House Council on Environmental Quality, held the meeting, two attendees told Politico.

The session was held at the offices of Americans for Prosperity in Northern Virginia, they said.

"It's a substantively different approach than the top-down stimulus," one person told Politico, referring to former President Barack Obama's $831 billion program in 2009.

"The biggest question facing conservative organizations is how we can balance the infrastructure needs of the country in a way that protects taxpayers and reigns in regulations," the individual said.

The other attendee told Politico that Herrgott took questions from participants and vowed to continue talking with the groups.

A White House spokeswoman and Herrgott, who once served as deputy staff director for Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, did not respond to requests for comment.

President Trump's $1 trillion proposal calls for $200 billion in direct federal spending over the next decade coupled with incentives to encourage aid from state government and private companies, Politico reported.

Besides Americans for Prosperity, here are the other conservative groups Politico said were represented at the meeting: Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, Americans for Tax Reform, State Policy Network, American Legislative Exchange Council, National Taxpayers Union, FreedomWorks, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Heritage Foundation, American Council for Capital Formation, Concerned Veterans for America, the LIBRE Initiative, Generation Opportunity, Taxpayer Protection Alliance, and the American Conservative Union.

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