According to White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao was at the press conference to accept a check from the president, one quarter of his annual salary ($100,000). The money is "to support their programs to rebuild and modernize our crumbling infrastructure."

Quotes from Sec. Chao

  • there’s a separate title that is addressed to rural America
  • states and localities, communities understand best what their infrastructure needs are
  • looking for creative ways for financing

As mentioned by WhitesCreek yesterday, Trump Budget Destroys America as We Know It.

I listened to this press conference in my car yesterday. It did not seem like a good idea for the administration to have Sec. Chao speaking except to receive the $100,000 check.

Sec. Chao's statememts, not necessarily in order:

Sec. Chao: As many of you have heard yesterday, 12 federal agencies have been working with the White House on the comprehensive infrastructure proposal that the President announced yesterday. Transportation is one component. The proposal also includes energy, drinking and waste water, broadband, and veterans hospitals, as well.
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Sec. Chao: Well, I come from the state of Kentucky. I’m a proud Kentuckian, and I come from a rural state. So I am especially concerned about the needs of rural America, and we recognize that the needs of rural America are special. And that is why, in the President’s proposal, there is actually a provision which addresses the unique needs of rural America.

Sec. Chao: So it will be separate from the - there’s a separate title that is addressed to rural America.
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From the Huffington Post, Eastern Kentucky’s Struggle With Water Symbolizes America’s Crumbling Infrastructure.



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Sec. Chao: So what we are trying to do is to recognize the states and localities, communities understand best what their infrastructure needs are, and to allow them to have much greater flexibility to decide their own projects, in conjunction and in partnership with the federal government.

I will repeat, "states and localities, communities understand best what their infrastructure needs are."
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Sec. Chao: The goal of the President’s proposal is to stimulate at least $1.5 trillion in infrastructure investment, which includes a minimum of $200 billion in direct federal funding. And a key element is to empower decision-making at the state and the local level because state and local officials know best the infrastructure needs of their communities.

Again, I will repeat, "a key element is to empower decision-making at the state and the local level because state and local officials know best the infrastructure needs of their communities."

Sec. Chao: What we are saying in this proposal is that we’re looking for creative ways for financing.

Sec. Chao: And so tolls is one way.

Follow-up question from the media: won’t tolls hurt rural America?

Sec. Chao: That’s really - okay, you’re mixing up, I think, several things here. I’m so sorry. There’s actually going to be a title, as I mentioned, on rural America. So that is separate from the rest of the titles in this proposal that we’re talking about. So there will be a special section for rural America.

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So, will there be a special

So, will there be a special section title for rural America?

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