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Trump’s $1.5 Trillion Infrastructure Plan: Spend Money ‘In Our Country’

President Trump on Monday will unveil a $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan targeted to fulfill many of his campaign promises, especially one: America First.

“This will be a big week for Infrastructure,” Trump tweeted Monday morning. “After so stupidly spending $7 trillion in the Middle East, it is now time to start investing in OUR Country!”

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump pledged to tackle America’s crumbling roads and bridges as well as to help fix transit systems and airports. In his first State of the Union address last month, Trump said, “Every federal dollar should be leveraged by partnering with state and local governments and — where appropriate — tapping into private sector investment to permanently fix the infrastructure deficit.”

Among the plans are more public-private partnerships and funding from state and local governments. “The federal government is slated pitch in $200 billion in direct investment, which will be included in the White House’s budget proposal for fiscal 2019, which is also set to be revealed on Monday,” The Hill reported.

“The plan is structured around four goals: generate $1.5 trillion for an infrastructure proposal, streamline the permitting process down to two years, invest in rural infrastructure projects and advance workforce training.”

As much as $50 billion would go toward rural projects, including improvements to transportation, broadband, water and sewer systems, as well as upgrades for power grids and flood management.

Trump may be listening to Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), whom he played golf with early in his term. Paul last month proposed slashing aid to Pakistan to help pay for an infrastructure proposal.

“Let’s bring that money home and use it to help rebuild our infrastructure instead of giving it to a nation that persecutes Christians and imprisons people such as the doctor that helped us get Osama bin Laden,” Paul said in January.