President Donald J. Trumpís American Infrastructure Initiative
Read President Trumpís infrastructure principles here.
"We will build gleaming new roads, bridges, highways, railways, and waterways all across our land. And we will do it with American heart, and American hands, and American grit."
BUILDING AMERICAíS INFRASTRUCTURE: Today, President Donald J. Trump released his legislative goals to rebuild our Nationís crumbling infrastructure. The six principles include:
- $200 billion in Federal funds to spur at least $1.5 trillion in infrastructure investments with partners at the State, local, Tribal, and private level.
- New investments will be made in rural America, which has been left behind for too long.
- Decision making authority will be returned to State and local governments.
- Regulatory barriers that needlessly get in the way of infrastructure projects will be removed.
- Permitting for infrastructure projects will be streamlined and shortened.
- Americaís workforce will be supported and strengthened.
STIMULATE INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT: President Trumpís plan will lead to at least $1.5 trillion in investments to rebuild our failing infrastructure and develop innovative projects.
$200 billion in Federal funds will spur
at least $1.5 trillion in new
- Federal infrastructure spending will promote State, local, and private investments and maximize the value of every taxpayer dollar.
the $200 billion, $100 billion will
create an Incentives Program to spur
additional dedicated funds from States,
localities, and the private sector.
- Applications for the Incentives Program will be evaluated on objective criteria, with creating additional infrastructure investment being the largest factor.
- The Incentives Program will promote accountability, making Federal funding conditional on projects meeting agreed upon milestones.
$20 billion will be dedicated to the
Transformative Projects Program.
- This program will provide Federal aid for bold and innovative projects that have the potential to dramatically improve Americaís infrastructure.
- The program will focus on projects that could have a significant positive impact on States, cities, and localities but may not attract private sector investment because of the projectís unique characteristics.
$20 billion will be allocated to
expanding infrastructure financing
- Of the $20 billion, $14 billion will go to expanding a number of existing credit programs: TIFIA, WIFIA, RRIF, and rural utility lending.
- $6 billion will go to expanding Private Activity Bonds.
- $10 billion will go to a new Federal Capital Revolving Fund, which will reduce inefficient leasing of Federal real property which would be more cost-effective to purchase.
- A new fund will allow some incremental revenues from energy development on public lands to pay for the capital and maintenance needs of public lands infrastructure.
INVEST IN RURAL AMERICA: Rural Americaís infrastructure has been left behind for too long, and President Trumpís plan will make sure it is supported and modernized.
$50 billion of the $200 billion in
direct Federal funding will be devoted
to a new Rural Infrastructure Program to
rebuild and modernize infrastructure in
- The bulk of the dollars in the Rural Infrastructure Program will be allocated to State governors, giving States the flexibility to prioritize their communitiesí needs.
- The remaining funds will be distributed through rural performance grants to encourage the best use of taxpayer dollars.
INCREASE STATE AND LOCAL AUTHORITY: President Trumpís proposal will return decision-making authority to State and local governments, which know the needs of their communities.
Funds awarded to State and local
authorities, such as through the
Incentives Program and the Rural
Infrastructure Program, will be
allocated to infrastructure projects
- This empowers States and localities to make more infrastructure investment decisions and prioritize projects based on the needs of their communities
- The plan will expand processes that allow environmental review and permitting decisions to be delegated to States.
- The plan will also allow Federal agencies to divest assets that can be better managed by State or local governments or the private sector.
ELIMINATE REGULATORY BARRIERS: The Presidentís plan would eliminate barriers that prevent virtually all infrastructure projects from being efficiently developed and managed.
The Presidentís plan will:
- Provide more flexibility to transportation projects that have minimal Federal funding but are currently required to seek Federal review and approval.
- Incentivize the efficient development and management of water infrastructure, in part, by providing more flexibility to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and its partners.
- Give the Department of Veterans Affairs the flexibility to use its existing assets to acquire new facilities by allowing it to retain property sale proceeds and exchange existing facilities for construction of new facilities.
- Expand funding eligibility for land revitalization projects through the Superfund program and establish tools to help manage their legal and financial matters.
STREAMLINE PERMITTING: President Trumpís infrastructure proposal will shorten and simplify the approval process for infrastructure projects.
Working with Congress, we will:
- Establish a ďone agency, one decisionĒ structure for environmental reviews.
- Shorten the lengthy environmental review process to two years while still protecting the environment.
- Eliminate certain redundant and inefficient provisions in environmental laws.
- Create two new pilot programs to test new ways to improve the environmental review process.
INVEST IN OUR COUNTRYíS MOST IMPORTANT ASSET Ė ITS PEOPLE: The President is proposing reforms so Americans secure good-paying jobs and meet the needs of our industries.
The Presidentís plan would reform
Federal education and workforce
development programs to better prepare
Americans to perform the in-demand jobs
of today and the future. This includes:
- Making high-quality, short-term programs that provide students with a certification or credential in an in-demand field eligible for Pell Grants.
- Reforming the Perkins Career and Technical Education Program to ensure more students have access to high-quality technical education to develop the skills required in todayís economy.
- Better targeting Federal Work-Study funds to help more students obtain important workplace experience, including through apprenticeships.
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