The Trump administration will likely move forward with at least one of the Trump administration’s promised major infrastructure efforts on Monday. In an infrastructure bill that will be unveiled on Monday, the White House will propose some significant increases in spending on military infrastructure projects, according to The New York Times. The White House plans to propose a $15 billion boost in investment in military infrastructure over five years, which will increase funding from existing funds. In fiscal year 2018, President Trump received $7.1 billion for military infrastructure projects. The $15 billion increase would more than double that figure over five years.
The $15 billion will be part of a bill that will increase overall funding for infrastructure by an average of $200 billion per year. It will also be put into the Congressional Pay-As-You-Go Act, which requires that money be allocated to infrastructure spending based on new revenue, according to The Hill.
While the federal government is currently working to figure out how it will pay for this increase in infrastructure spending, the White House is trying to figure out ways to cut spending on some other projects. Over the weekend, the administration floated the idea of shifting money from non-military projects to finance military projects. On Sunday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said during an interview with CBS News’ Face the Nation that “unless Congress gives us authority, money, to deliver $15 billion more in funding for the military,” he is “totally prepared to propose including from our part $15 billion from other sources.” The move to include additional funding would increase spending on military infrastructure by roughly $15 billion. The White House has proposed shifting money from other government agencies to bolster military spending, like by eliminating programs that support public libraries and low-income housing and investing an additional $260 million in physical barriers on the southern border.
That claim that this increase in infrastructure spending is also dependent on the president’s being able to pull off his border wall demands is another statement that was soon taken to mean to mean a closure of the southern border. In fact, the administration will likely ask Congress to spend millions to upgrade the aging system that needs to be upgraded, but by shutting down parts of the border.
The president has taken to Twitter to urge Americans to contact their representatives in Congress to urge them to meet his demand that they allocate $5.7 billion to pay for a border wall. “We have to build the Wall!” the president said in a tweet posted Saturday. “Immediately! Not a great idea to try to build it in areas that people don’t want it. That can lead to Open Border and crime!”
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