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Trump infrastructure plan doesn't fund the Gateway transit program, officials say

Trump infrastructure plan doesn't fund the Gateway transit program, officials say

But irate conservatives pointed to projections that the increased spending puts the government on track to hit a $1.2 trillion deficit in 2019 and to record trillion-dollar-plus deficits far into the future.

White House officials said they hope the long overdue need for repairing crumbling bridges, roads and other infrastructure, and popular support for such fixes, will draw strong bipartisan support in Congress for the plan. "So we are going to show how you can run the government without spending all of that". Fifty billion will be directed towards improvements exclusively in rural infrastructure in the form of block grants to state governors, allowing them to select what projects to direct the funding towards.

The budget request that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTillerson: Russia already looking to interfere in 2018 midterms Dems pick up deep-red legislative seat in Missouri Speier on Trump's desire for military parade: "We have a Napoleon in the making" MORE is releasing Monday will propose more than $23 billion for border security and immigration enforcement - including funds for a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border, the White House said Sunday. The rest is expected to come from state and local governments and private investment.

The White House maintains that an 80 percent match is just a suggestion, not a requirement.

The administration is relying on optimistic projections that every dollar in federal investment into its transportation loan programs generates $40 toward project construction, which enables it to reach its $1.5 trillion goal. "They're no spending floors".

A White House official said Saturday Trump is open to discussing a federal funding plan to help pay for the $30 billion in Gateway transit projects, which include a $13 billion Hudson River tunnel between NY and New Jersey, but he won't OK paying for half the costs.




The proposal calls for changes to the federal permitting process, and spending proposals will be paid for by cuts elsewhere in the budget.

"While we certainly aren't opposed to talking about Gateway, we're not going to start the discussion of rebuilding our entire nation with a single - albeit large - project, especially not one where 90 percent of the benefits go to local transit riders", the White House official said.

President Donald Trump's budget director says the budget that the administration sends to Congress on Monday will seek to move some of the billions of dollars in extra spending that Congress approved last week to areas that will reflect the president's priorities.

The plan would also increase workforce participation by extending Pell Grant eligibility to workers who want to receive technical training and lowering standards for professional licensing requirements and eligibility.

Over the weekend, White House officials emphasized that numerous objectives in Trump's plan enjoy wide bipartisan support - the only sticking point is how to achieve them.