Although infrastructure was initially seen as a policy priority on which Republican and Democrats could work together, Democrats have balked at Trump's plans for financing improvements, arguing they would result in taxpayer-funded corporate profits and cause costs to be offloaded onto consumers.
Referencing his dedication to infrastructure progression, Trump referenced his decision to approve the Dakota access pipeline, where other politicians did not.
Locks and dams on the Upper Mississippi and IL waterways, in particular, are dilapidated, the NGFA said.
Greg Cohen, head of the D.C. -based Highway Users Alliance, says Trump's proposal could be a starting point for lawmakers on an infrastructure bill.
The White House has yet to detail specifics of the plan, but hopes to finance improvements using public-private partnerships.
"He's going to continue moving forward with exactly what the people of this country elected him to do".
Trump announced his $1 trillion infrastructure plan to the crowd during a rally alongside the Ohio River in Cincinnati. Trump has said the pact that almost 200 nations agreed to in 2015 was unfair to the United States.
"I said, "oh please, please sign her shirt" - and he did", Rhein said.
Trump talked on, speaking about insurance providers pulling out of Obamacare, the Saudi arms deal (including a shoutout to the King of Saudi Arabia, 5 more seconds of hellos), the coal industry, fighting terrorism, and how he's not a big fan of the Democrats in Congress not letting him have his way.
Stephanie Kane, spokesperson for the Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates, reiterated that point Wednesday after Trump's OH speech.
"We will fix it", said Trump, standing along the Ohio River.
He delivered a speech after Anthem announced that they were pulling out of the health care exchanges in OH, due to prohibitive costs to the company.
"The problems will only get worse if Congress fails to act-Obamacare is dead", Trump said, adding that Republicans are working "hard" on getting a "great plan". "What they've proposed is privatizing most of our infrastructure to give wealthy financiers tax breaks on projects they were probably going to build anyway.it'll lead to "Trump tolls" from one end of the country to the other".
The speech comes as the White House attempts to work through a series of distractions by focusing on Trump's legislative agenda.
His top White House aides, however, will be focused on what will happen less than two miles down Pennsylvania Avenue on Thursday, when James Comey is slated to deliver bombshell testimony about the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director's conversations with the President and his eventual firing.
The Wray appointment is likely to take even more national attention away from the Rivertowne Marina event. About 60% of grain exports use inland waterways, and up to 25% of the nation's coal and petroleum are moved in this way as well.
House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., center, and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, right, listen to President Donald Trump, left, speak during Trump's meeting with House and Senate Leadership in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, June 6, 2017.
Just moments before the president began his speech, the Senate Intelligence Committee in Washington was hearing testimony from Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats, National Security Agency Adm. Mike Rogers, Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that was scheduled to focus on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.