Chao: $1.5B in Infrastructure Grants 12/12 06:19
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Transportation Department announced Tuesday that it
will disperse $1.5 billion to fund 91 infrastructure projects around the
Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said the grants are part of her
department's BUILD infrastructure support program and will fund road, rail and
port projects in 49 states plus the District of Columbia.
Chao said her department received more than 850 applications for grants.
Hawaii was the only U.S. state that didn't receive funding in this year's round
Chao praised the grant process as the successful product of bipartisan
cooperation between congressional Republicans and Democrats. Infrastructure is
seen as a potential area of agreement between the Trump administration and
Democrats, who will take control of the House of Representatives in January.
Chao said infrastructure issues are "especially ripe for bipartisan
Boosting infrastructure spending was one of President Donald Trump's main
campaign promises, but he's made little headway with a plan to invest $1.5
trillion in public and private funds over a decade.