Trump pushes for trillion dollar overhaul of infrastructure

Published: Jun. 4, 2017 at 10:34 PM EDT
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President Donald Trump will make a stop on Wednesday afternoon along the Ohio River.

The president will make a speech at Rivertowne Marina. He is expected to discuss the nation's transportation infrastructure. His remarks are expected include a push for a $1 trillion overhaul. The president has said he wants to modernize highways, waterways, electrical, and airway systems. Specifically, between Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, President Trump is expected to talk about the need to improve bridges and levees that are crucial to our waterways.

Air Force One landed at Lunken Field, which is about a mile away from the speech location, just before one. The president met with families that he referred to as 'victims of Obamacare.'

Governor Matt Bevin showed up with his family for the announcement on Wednesday. Lieutenant Governor Jenean Hampton was also in attendance.

During his speech, President Trump talked about how crucial effective roadways and waterways are to American industries. President Trump is pushing for a trillion dollar overhaul of the system.

"We spend trillions and trillions outside of our nation but we can't build a road highway tunnel bridge in our nation and we watch everything fall into despair. It's time to rebuild our country to bring back our jobs, to restore our dreams, and yes it's time finally to put America first."

President Trump also addressed the issue of healthcare while in Ohio.

He met with two families on Air Force One while at the airport, "I'm joined today by two American families - great families, just met them on the plane and they've had their lives completely upended by the disaster known as 'Obamacare'. Raya Whalen from Ohio, Dan Withrow from Kentucky, two great states, and their very beautiful children, families."

WATCH LIVE| President Donald J. Trump is in Cincinnati discussing infrastructure. Governor Matt Bevin is in attendance for the announcement.

Posted by WKYT on Wednesday, June 7, 2017

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding our nation's infrastructure and the president's plans for improvements: 

"Later today, President Trump will visit Cincinnati to discuss the importance of our nation's inland waterways.  Kentucky is home to over 1,900 miles of navigable inland waterways, which, in addition to adding majestic beauty to my state, are also vital to thousands of jobs in the Commonwealth.  In recent years, over 95 million tons of cargo and agricultural products have been transported across these water trade routes.  Our many levees, locks, and dams represent crucial infrastructure that play an important role in our regional and national economy.
"I am proud of the work Congress has done in the past to protect our nation's waterways, like passing the Water Resources Development Act by a bipartisan majority last year in order to support infrastructure, enhance commerce, and maintain American ecosystems.  As President Trump continues to release his plans for our nation's infrastructure, I look forward to working with the administration and colleagues in the Senate to protect and improve the many roads, bridges, airports, and waterways that serve people and jobs across the country."