GOP Lawmaker Says White House, Congress Have Begun Crafting Infrastructure Bill

Trump’s infrastructure plan has largely remained stalled on the sidelines, but officials are beginning to ramp up work on the proposal in anticipation of Congress passing an overhaul of the tax code.

The White House and members of Congress have begun crafting President Trump’s long-awaited infrastructure package, according to a top House Republican.

The Trump administration has been trading paper with lawmakers in recent days about ideas for the rebuilding effort, though the process is still in the early stages, Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) told The Hill.

“We’re just now starting to work with the White House. They’re giving us their feedback, so we’re starting to see some feedback, ideas, things like that,” said Graves, the chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee on highways and transit.

“We’re just getting our arms around that, trying to figure out funding, cost, how we’re going to prioritize those dollars. So now that is taking a heavy precedent.”

The White House has promised to turn to infrastructure immediately after taxes.

The House is expected to pass its tax plan on Thursday, though the timeline is less clear in the Senate. Republicans are aiming to pass both bills – and negotiate a final product – by Christmas.

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