President Donald Trump is asking Congress for billions of dollars in infrastructure investment in his budget proposal for the next fiscal year, but is leaving details up to lawmakers as to where they want to funnel the money.
Trump’s 2020 budget, submitted to Congress on Monday, contains $200 billion for infrastructure in a bid to leverage $1 trillion in total infrastructure investment, according to a senior administration official.
With his budget plan, Trump puts a dollar figure on a proposal described — but not detailed — in his State of the Union address in February, when he said rebuilding roads and bridges is “not an option. This is a necessity.”
After the midterm elections, Democrats, Trump and Republican leaders all expressed interest in an infrastructure package.
On Monday, House Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth, a Kentucky Democrat, said Trump’s plan “falls short” and said it was unrealistic since it relied on state and local governments and the private sector to provide most of the financing.
But the issue remains on both parties’ list of priorities. Democratic presidential hopefuls Kamala Harris and Cory Booker have made infrastructure part of their campaign speeches, including in rural areas of the country.
Other parts of Trump’s budget, such as his request for $8.6 billion to build his proposed border wall, have already been panned by Democrats.