Trump talks infrastructure initiative on Kentucky border
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 13, 2017,
Jun 13, 2017, 11:33
With the Ohio River and a dozen barges for his backdrop, President Trump on Wednesday promised a wave of new investment to revitalize inland waterways infrastructure.
Trump will also propose grants for rural areas to fix crumbling bridges, roads and waterways, a White House official said, and more control for cities and states to do the work they feel needs to get done.
Trump also mentioned his announcement last week that he was pulling the USA out of what he dismissively referred to as the "so-called" Paris climate accord. "Waterways, roads, and bridges are central to farmers' efforts to feed and fuel the world, and we must invest in all of them", said Hartman, a farmer from Waterloo, Illinois.
As Trump flew to OH aboard Air Force One, cable networks aired live coverage of the testimony of Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats and National Security Agency Director Michael S. Rogers.
The president addressed the press upon landing in Cincinnati alongside two families who claim their health care has suffered as a result of the passage of the Affordable Care Act.
Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer said the Trump budget unveiled in May cuts $206 billion in infrastructure spending across several departments, including $96 billion in planned highway trust fund spending.
"We're having no help - it's only obstruction from the Democrats", he said.
"Obamacare is in a total death spiral and the problems will only get worse if Congress fails to act", Trump said, according to Reuters.
On Wednesday, though, Trump is not expected to talk about any of that.
According to the White House, the U.S. infrastructure system has fallen to 12th place in the world ranking. It has proposed paying for the improvements with $200 billion in tax breaks over nine years.
President Donald Trump, as part of his call for an infrastructure bill, will travel 400 miles to Cincinnati on Wednesday to push his plan to upgrade the United States' inland waterway system of locks and dams.
"Now it's the Senate's turn to act", Trump said after meeting aboard Air Force One with a pair of families the White House described as "victims" of the Obama-era health care law that the president and congressional Republicans want to repeal and replace.
Trump spoke a day after Anthem announced it would not participate in the Obamacare insurance exchanges next year in OH, a potentially crippling blow to the healthcare system.
The president also cited efforts he has made to kick-start infrastructure projects, which are thought to be a component of his agenda where bipartisan agreement can be reached. "No matter what we do, if we gave you the greatest plan in the history of the world, you would have no Democratic vote", Trump said.
An assistant to the president, Reed Cordish, says the speech will touch on issues such as apprenticeships and community colleges to develop workers' skills in order to increase hiring and job growth. However, he did not reference the bridge during the June 7 speech.