Quoting a source familiar with the issues, a Bloomberg report Thursday indicated that President Donald J. Trump will not be seating an Advisory Council on Infrastructure.
This follows the president’s disbanding of two executive branch councils Wednesday – the American Manufacturing Council and the Strategic and Policy Forum.
Still in its infancy, and pursuant to an Executive Order, the the Advisory Council on Infrastructure was to consist of at least fifteen members of business men and women representing such sectors as real estate, finance, and labor.
The overall impact of the Advisory Council was not immediately clear, however, plans had been sketched out that the Council would advise the President on implementing his $1 Trillion plan to improve American roads, bridges, airports, and other public works using American workers and American products.
Although no formal appointments have been made to the Council, the President intended to appoint two of his former colleagues, New York real estate developers Richard LeFrank and Steven Roth to lead the group.
On Tuesday, President Trump gave a press conference in Trump Tower on his infrastructure plans along with OMB Director Mick Mulvaney, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Trump stated that he wanted to make sure that government projects were going to “come in on time, under budget, maybe even ahead of schedule.”
It was the President’s intention to focus on infrastructure, specifically speaking on accelerating and significantly streamlining the formerly lengthy construction review and permitting processes.
However, in the aftermath of the Charlottesville violence just days prior to the infrastructure conference, the press only wanted to ask questions regarding the President’s response to that incident.
The Trump administration has announced plans to allocate $200 billion on rural and “transformational” infrastructure projects over 10 years, including providing incentives for states, municipalities, and those in the private sector to spend $800 billion on projects.
President Trump’s economic adviser, Gary Cohn, reportedly said Tuesday that they hope to get the infrastructure bill approved this year.
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