Conservative Groups Draw Line in Sand on Infrastructure


RR051117 conservativeMay 11, 2017 – A coalition of conservative groups laid out a wish list for what they want in President Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure package – and it could spell trouble for the key White House policy effort. according to The Hill. In a letter sent to the administration and key members of Congress, the organizations fired their opening salvo in the upcoming infrastructure debate, urging policy makers to prioritize “fiscal responsibility” as they work on Trump’s yet-to-be unveiled proposal. The wish list is divided into six priorities: reform the environmental review process, repeal labor regulations, focus on “core” infrastructure projects, empower the states, fully pay for projects and reform spending instead of creating new funding streams. The conservative groups strongly oppose the idea of using new revenues from repatriation – taxing corporate earnings currently oversees at a lower rate when they return to the U.S. That funding tool was seen as one of the more appealing and potentially bipartisan funding offsets on Capitol Hill.