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Sat Feb 18, 2017, 08:35 AM

U.S. infrastructure legislation back on Congress' radar

Source: Reuters

POLITICS | Fri Feb 17, 2017 | 4:59pm EST

U.S. infrastructure legislation back on Congress' radar

By Richard Cowan | WASHINGTON

President Donald Trump's pledge to bring massive investments in U.S. infrastructure projects showed new signs of life on Friday after lying dormant for weeks, as leading Republican lawmakers said proposals from the administration could be in the offing.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, told reporters he expects to receive "some kind of recommendation on an infrastructure bill, a subject that we frequently handle on a bipartisan basis," but gave no details or timing.

He has previously voiced concern over adding to budget deficits with a new injection of federal funds for road, bridge and other construction projects like the ones President Barack Obama secured from Congress in 2009, especially after a major highway funding law was enacted about a year ago.

Some Republicans and Democrats in Congress are increasingly criticizing Trump's administration for being slow to get behind his legislative initiatives during the first month of his presidency.

Trumpís plans to create an infrastructure council led by two New York billionaire friends, developers Richard LeFrak and Steven Roth, have yet to be launched, a spokesman for LeFrak said.

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Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-congress-infrastructure-idUSKBN15W1WF

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Sat Feb 18, 2017, 08:45 AM

1. In my opinion

 

The first project should be updating and harding our electrical grid. The Pentagon did a study and concluded if we had another Carrington event or an EMP then 90% of the US population would die in 18 months.

This would be very expensive and in my mind far surpasses roads, schools, bridges and everything else. This is the the most important project we can undertake.

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Sat Feb 18, 2017, 12:00 PM

2. I had to look up Carrington event. Scary. Welcome to DU. n/t

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