December 21, 2017 12:45 PM, EST

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell: ‘A Lot of Interest in Infrastructure’

With Tax Overhaul Complete, Congress Can Turn Attention to Transportation Bill
Mitch McConnell Sen. Mitch McConnell by Fox News via YouTube

Bipartisan support for infrastructure reform increases the chances for the Senate to take up a transportation bill next year, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Dec. 21.

“I hope we can go forward with infrastructure,” McConnell told Mike Allen of Axios at an event the news outlet hosted in Washington. “I think there is a lot of interest in infrastructure.”

The recent passage of a tax overhaul has open up room in the Senate and the House for legislating a multiyear infrastructure funding plan. Republican transportation leaders have said they will await the Trump White House’s plan.

“President Trump has made fixing our nation’s roads, bridges and rails a top priority,” Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, said recently. “In January, the administration will outline its broad vision for infrastructure.”

White House officials said they will reveal the long-awaited Trump infrastructure proposal, which is likely to propose $200 billion in federal funds meant to motivate private sector investments over 10 years.

Democrats in the Senate already unveiled a $1 trillion, taxpayer-funded infrastructure plan at the start of the year, which was ignored by their GOP colleagues.