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Rep. Walker Urges Fiscal Caution on Infrastructure Spending Plan

(CNN "New Day")

By    |   Wednesday, 27 December 2017 02:30 PM

President Donald Trump's proposal for infrastructure projects over the next decade at the cost of $200 billion sounds as if it's "in the ballpark" for what could be needed, House Republican Study Committee Chairman Mark Walker said Wednesday.

However, the money spent must be on projects that won't increase the nation's financial burden.

"The bigger question is what are the pay-fors?," the North Carolina Republican asked CNN's "New Day" program. "What kind of reforms do we need to be able to pay for something that doesn't increase additional tax burden or increases the deficit, or over the long term, the national debt?"

Republicans, Walker continued, must remain consistent with their promise to be responsible with taxpayer dollars.

CNN reported earlier that the president's aides said he has predicted a deal to repair the nation's roads, bridges, and airports will garner bipartisan support, but the president could face a major challenge while trying to convince Democrats to work with him just before the midterm elections.

Trump would need to win Senate Democrats over in order to pass a major infrastructure bill, and Democrats have their own $500 billion plan that they may push over the president's goal.

Meanwhile, Trump has said that removing the Obamacare mandate as part of the recently signed tax reform law effectively ends the healthcare law, and Walker said the time may be near for a full repeal, particularly in the House.

"There are several plans floating around," Walker said. "The big question is, repealing the individual mandate did not repeal Obamacare. It did relieve the pressure for people in the individual market that for the first time in the federal legislative books was forced to buy a product from a private industry, but we also have an employer mandate component."

According to a recent CNN poll, most people said they want to keep the Affordable Care Act alive, but Walker said he believes Republicans must continue to attack specific clauses."

He also addressed the upcoming midterm elections, and claims made by Arizona GOP Sen. Jeff Flake and others who say the Republican Party is coming apart.

"I don't think the bulk of Republicans are represented by Sen. Jeff Flake," he said. "However, as a former pastor, I don't shy away from the fact in believing that tone matters . . . our tone in impacting the different cultures and communities has to be one of heartfelt, not one of judgment, and I believe that’s where Republicans have to continue to move forward."

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President Donald Trump's proposal for infrastructure projects over the next decade at the cost of $200 billion sounds as if it's "in the ballpark" for what could be needed, House Republican Study Committee Chairman Mark Walker said Wednesday.
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