Why are you in a rush to get out of Washington?
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This is the second time in less than a week that Pence has taken to the podium at the Capitol to warn of a crisis, this time about the state of the nation’s roads.
The first time was at the White House on Friday, where Pence said, “It is not the end of the world, we have a choice of a slow death or the fast death.”
Pence’s remarks came as the U.S. has already passed the point of no return for the country’s highways and transit systems.
As of Friday, the nation was at 1,926 miles of highway and 685 miles of transit capacity, according to the U,S.
Department of Transportation.
And a new report by the National Governors Association found that while transportation spending has increased in recent years, it is only just recovering from the recession.
“We are in the midst of a historic period in transportation policy,” Pence said Friday.
“Our nation is moving forward on a path that will put Americans first and put the nation on a higher path.
Our roadways will be safer, more efficient, more secure and more responsive to the needs of our communities.
We must remember to never lose sight of the fact that this is a moment of opportunity. “
In this new era, we must remember that the path we have chosen is the only way to ensure our future and the safety and prosperity of our children and grandchildren.
We must remember to never lose sight of the fact that this is a moment of opportunity.
We have an opportunity to build a better America, one that creates more prosperity for Americans, one where we work together to build the middle class, one in which we rebuild our nation’s infrastructure, one whose people and future generations will have the confidence to build better lives for themselves and their families, and one in whose hearts and minds the American spirit can be fully awakened.”
The president’s words came during a rally at the Washington Monument on Friday.
The rally came a day after Trump’s administration said it would move forward on an infrastructure plan that would create about 1.4 million jobs over the next 10 years.
The plan is to build at least $3 trillion in new infrastructure over the past 10 years, with a focus on roads, bridges, tunnels, tunnels and railroads.
But the administration has also said it will not expand the scope of transportation funding in the 2017 spending bill passed by the Senate.
“The president has made it clear that the United States must continue to invest in our roads and bridges and to invest more in the nation,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Friday afternoon.
“And I think it’s fair to say that the president, frankly, is hopeful that this will be a bipartisan effort.”
But while Pence said it was time to move ahead on a plan, he also said that the administration should “take a hard look at” the $3.4 trillion bill and how it addresses funding for the highway and transit projects that have been on the table for more than a year.
“I think there are real issues that are important to be addressed in this spending bill that would require bipartisan agreement and I think there’s real bipartisan support for some of those things,” Pence told reporters on Friday afternoon, according with Politico.
“That’s what I’ve been telling our members of Congress.”
But he also added that he would like to see funding for “roads and bridges, but not tunnels and tunnels.”
That would mean, in part, that the plan would require $3 billion for infrastructure projects such as those on the nation, and $2 billion for transit projects.
In the first week of February, Pence told ABC News that there would be no funding for transit infrastructure projects unless the Senate approves a transportation bill.
“As you know, I’ve said that we’ll be moving forward with the bill,” Pence, a Republican, said at the time.
“This is about the funding for our infrastructure.”
But even as Pence spoke Friday, lawmakers on Capitol Hill said the Trump administration was not making any changes to its funding for transportation, and instead was simply proposing to make sure that the $4.8 trillion bill is passed.
“They’re just continuing the debate,” Rep. Mike Doyle, a Pennsylvania Republican, told reporters Friday.
While Pence is on record saying that the infrastructure bill must include a funding increase for transportation projects, the Trump White House is insisting that it cannot.
“There are no changes to the funding bill, the bill that the President signed into law,” White White House press secretary Hope Hicks told reporters, “except to say to the Senate, you must include in the bill a funding package for transportation.”
“There is no such funding bill,” Hicks added.
“So, the president wants to move along the funding that was included in the Senate bill.”
That’s despite a letter sent by House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., to Pence in February, which said that there is no funding bill.
This is the second time in less than a week that Pence has taken to the podium at the Capitol…