President Donald Trump has promised a $1 trillion infrastructure plan, but a group of liberal lawmakers want to see twice that investment during the next 10 years, writes the Washington Examiner.
Trump is launching a new infrastructure campaign this week, hoping to capitalize on lawmakers’ support for rebuilding the nation’s transportation systems at a time when his tax and health-care legislation are in flux. At the same time, members of the congressional Progressive Caucus have signed on to a plan to spend $2 trillion on infrastructure, a proposal they are calling the 21st Century New Deal for Jobs. At least one aspect of the plan would appeal to Trump, the Examiner writes: an additional emphasis on employing local workers and buying American-made products.
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Doubts about death threat: Iowa Democrat Kim Weaver is ending her campaign for her state’s fourth congressional district — and the Republican she sought to unseat is saying one of Weaver’s reasons was likely made up. In a Facebook post on Saturday, Weaver cited death threats, financial security and her mother’s ongoing health problems as reasons for her withdrawal, reports the Des Moines Register. GOP Rep. Steve King said in a tweet that he wanted Weaver in the race, not out. “Death threats likely didn’t happen,” he wrote, “but a fabrication.”
I wanted #KimWeaver IN the race-not out. Democrats drove her out of the race-not R's. Death threats likely didn't happen but a fabrication.
— Steve King (@SteveKingIA) June 4, 2017
Republicans running out of time for legislative wins: Republican lawmakers and President Donald Trump have gotten through nearly half the year without a single major legislative achievement, the Associated Press writes. And if that is going to change it will have to start soon. Seven legislative weeks are left before Congress leaves for a five-week August recess, a period when lawmakers are likely to lose momentum if they haven’t acted on health care or taxes.
Increased cost for nuclear overhaul: The New York Times reports President Trump has a growing challenge in overhauling the U.S. nuclear arsenal. The first official government estimate of the project, prepared by the Congressional Budget Office, will put the cost at more than $1.2 trillion — 20% more than the figure envisioned by the Obama administration. President Barack Obama left the hard budgetary choices for the next administration, the Times says, and it is unclear whether Trump’s administration can stomach the rising cost.
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