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Marc Short: Trump's Infrastructure Plan Gives Local Govts Control

(Fox News' "America's Newsroom")

By    |   Monday, 12 February 2018 12:31 PM

President Donald Trump's multi-billion dollar infrastructure plan helps give state and local governments control while streamlining the permit process, White House Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short said Monday.

"The way it will work, the $200 billion dollars in federal dollars won't be granted until state and local governments come forward with private investment to match it," Short told Fox News' "America's Newsroom." "We're also asking that the permitting process be streamlined. You have heard the president talk often about how the Empire State building took a year to build, while some roads take 10 years to get permits approved."

Short also disagreed with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's contention that the plan shifts the burden of infrastructure repair to local communities and states that can't afford the cost.

"I'm not so sure it's shifting the burden," Short said. "We're giving the states and local communities the opportunities to leverage federal dollars to invest in the projects that the federal government hasn't been able to do for years. The reason the infrastructure is crumbling because the bureaucracy doesn't let it move forward."

Short said he couldn't put a number on the economic gains that would come with infrastructure reform, but he did remark on the growing economy and its connection to the volatility in the stock market.

"There is volatility in the market because the economy is already growing," he said. "We've had 3 percent GDP growth the last three quarters and revenues were 5.2 percent higher in January to the Federal Reserve," he said. "In fact, the economy is already turning a corner. The volatility you are seeing in the market is basically inflation expectations moving up which isn't all bad."

Short on Monday also discussed claims made by California Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, who says Trump held back a Democratic memo on the Russia probe to mislead Americans.

"I think the reality is the White House will look forward to releasing that memo," said Short."Let's keep a couple things in mind. One is that Republicans voted in Congress to release both the Republican and Democrats memo. Democrats only voted to release their memo. There is enormous hypocrisy here. What we've heard from the intelligence committee ... there are sources and methods in the Democratic memo that the Justice Department doesn't want revealed."

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