The congressional Problem Solvers Caucus is readying a bipartisan infrastructure report that lawmakers hope will serve as a blueprint for President Trump’s rebuilding proposal, members of the moderate group said Thursday.
The caucus has held five meetings on infrastructure over the last two months, including one with the administration, to gather input from stakeholders about the best — and most bipartisan — path forward on a rebuilding initiative.
The latest meeting came Thursday with former Gov. Ed Rendell (D-Pa.) and former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, who co-chair Building America’s Future.
The duo outlined potential funding offsets, such as a gas tax hike or charging for the number of vehicle miles traveled, and emphasized the need to include a broad range of infrastructure projects in any plan.
"What I said in there: this year has been a missed opportunity for infrastructure," LaHood told reporters after the meeting. "If this Congress, the White House and the leadership had started out with infrastructure and a way to pay for it, that bill would have been passed and hundreds of people would have been working on bridges and roads."
About 25 Problem Solvers Caucus members attended the hour-long session in the Capitol. Some of the ideas discussed could be incorporated into the group’s infrastructure report, which will identify potential funding offsets and other ideas.
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