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Politico: Will Trump's Infrastructure Plan Fall Flat?

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By    |   Monday, 10 Apr 2017 09:45 PM

President Donald Trump's aggressive plan to rebuild the nation's infrastructure may end up on a road to nowhere because of interference from both sides of the aisle.

Politico reports that infighting within the Republican Party, a Democratic blockade, and inquiries into whether the $1 trillion estimated price tag Trump stamped on the project is accurate could spell the end of the massive plan that Trump said would help modernize America.

Details about the infrastructure plan could be unveiled next month. The biggest question is how the government will pay for it.

According to The Hill, Trump told a group of CEOs at the White House last week, "We're talking about a very major infrastructure bill for $1 trillion, perhaps even more."

The president added that the plan will have shovel-ready projects across the nation.

"We're going to be very strong that it has to be spent on shovels, not on other programs," Trump said. "If you don't start, if you have a job that you can't start within 90 days, we're not going to give you the money for it."

The other main issue is Democratic opposition to almost everything Trump and the Republican leadership in Congress try to do. It's still unclear how the official infrastructure proposal will fare in the court of Democratic opinion.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, however, said last week she just wants to see a bill after Trump has spent months talking about the idea.

"Every conversation or any interaction I have had with the president has been infrastructure, infrastructure, infrastructure," Pelosi said last week, Politico notes. "Where's the bill? Show us the bill."

There's also been disagreement within the GOP on several issues, from a border tax proposal to last month's attempt at passing new healthcare legislation. Whether all Republicans will be on board with an expensive infrastructure plan remains to be seen.

Reuters, meanwhile, reported that Trump will meet with roughly 20 CEOs on Tuesday to discuss tax reform, infrastructure plans, and other ideas.

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