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Progressives try to one-up Trump with infrastructure proposal | Iowa Republican says death threats against Democrat ‘fabrication’

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President Donald Trump is promising a $1 trillion infrastructure
plan — and a group of liberal lawmakers want double that.

President Donald Trump has promised a $1 trillion
infrastructure plan, but a group of liberal lawmakers want to
see twice that investment during the next 10 years, writes the Washington Examiner.

Trump is launching a new infrastructure campaign this week,
hoping to capitalize on lawmakers’ support for rebuilding the
nation’s transportation systems at a time when his tax and
health-care legislation are in flux. At the same time, members
of the congressional Progressive Caucus have signed on to a
plan to spend $2 trillion on infrastructure, a proposal they
are calling the 21st Century New Deal for Jobs. At least one
aspect of the plan would appeal to Trump, the Examiner writes:
an additional emphasis on employing local workers and buying
American-made products.

Also read: Trump to shift focus to infrastructure, but
who will pay for plan?

Doubts about death threat: Iowa Democrat Kim
Weaver is ending her campaign for her state’s fourth
congressional district — and the Republican she sought to
unseat is saying one of Weaver’s reasons was likely made up. In
a Facebook post on Saturday, Weaver cited death threats,
financial security and her mother’s ongoing health problems as
reasons for her withdrawal, reports the Des Moines Register.
GOP Rep. Steve King said in a tweet that he wanted Weaver in
the race, not out. “Death threats likely didn’t happen,” he
wrote, “but a fabrication.”

Republicans running out of time for legislative
wins:
Republican lawmakers and President Donald Trump
have gotten through nearly half the year without a single major
legislative achievement, the Associated Press writes. And
if that is going to change it will have to start soon. Seven
legislative weeks are left before Congress leaves for a
five-week August recess, a period when lawmakers are likely to
lose momentum if they haven’t acted on health care or taxes.

Increased cost for nuclear overhaul: The New York Times reports
President Trump has a growing challenge in overhauling the U.S.
nuclear arsenal. The first official government estimate of the
project, prepared by the Congressional Budget Office, will put
the cost at more than $1.2 trillion — 20% more than the figure
envisioned by the Obama administration. President Barack Obama
left the hard budgetary choices for the next administration,
the Times says, and it is unclear whether Trump’s
administration can stomach the rising cost.

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