President Trump’s plans for an infrastructure overhaul are moving along. On Thursday, July 20, Trump signed an executive order establishing a Presidential Advisory Council on Infrastructure within the Department of Commerce.
The order calls for a council of no more than 15 members who will be appointed by Trump. Councilmembers will represent the interests of the following sectors;
- Real estate
- Communications and technology
- Transportation and logistics
- Environmental policy
- Regional/local economic development
- Other sectors determined by Trump to be of value
The council will conduct studies and make recommendations to Trump regarding federal funding, support and delivery of infrastructure projects. Such recommendations may include prioritizing needs, accelerating approval processes, discovering financing options over the next 10 years, and increasing public-private partnerships.
No specific time frame for the report was given, but the council will end on December 31, 2018, at the latest unless Trump decides to establish an extension. The council will be terminated within 60 days of submitting the report to Trump, if turned in before the termination date.
The executive order comes amid signals from both Trump and leading Republican lawmakers that the infrastructure bill will have to take a backseat for the time being.
“I’d like to see infrastructure get done,” Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., chairman of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, said on Wednesday, July 19. “But I’ve always said, that in terms of how things are sequenced, it’s more likely that they would do tax reform first. And that might push infrastructure into sometime next year.”
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