With Perdue and Zinke, Trump promises improvements
President Donald Trump on Wednesday in Cincinnati promised to improve the nation’s infrastructure of locks, dams, bridges and roads, but provided few details, WYSO, an NPR outlet, reported.
Trump was accompanied by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt.
The Waterways Council Inc. applauded Trump’s trip and said his speech “will surely bring heightened attention to the investment needs of the inland waterways system. Our country has not seen this kind of leadership on infrastructure since President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s 1930s New Deal to build our locks and dams, or since the 1950s by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to construct the national defense and interstate highway system.
“Today, presidential leadership was demonstrated once again by emphasizing the importance of the inland waterways transportation system and this critical national infrastructure with the backdrop of the river itself,” the council continued. “As President Trump said, the nation will rebuild rivers, along with roadways, runways and railways.
“We applaud the president for committing his vast building experience to modernizing the inland waterways, and establishing a goal of completing projects on-time, on-budget, and removing regulatory impediments,” the council added. “We stand ready and committed, and look forward, to working with the administration to craft proposals that work equitably for the inland waterways – a critical part of the transportation supply chain and conduit to American exports.”
–The Hagstrom Report
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