Senate Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Infrastructure Funding

A Senate subcommittee on Tuesday held a hearing to examine the role of the public and private sectors in the development of water infrastructure. The hearing featured testimony from officials representing the Army Corps of Engineers as well as public officials from Oregon, Oklahoma, Maryland, and Alabama.

Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite, the Army Corps of Engineers' commanding general and chief of engineers told the committee that the Trump Administration had expressed interest in the use of public-private partnerships to fund waterways and port projects.

"The administration is very focused on the potential for public-private partnerships," he said during a hearing of the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

Senators also made clear that any serious effort to improve these resources would necessitate their inclusion in the president’s proposed $1 trillion infrastructure package. Remarking on the proposed infrastructure plan, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) the subcommittee’s chairman characterized it as "a very ambitious infrastructure program” and promised that his subcommittee would dedicate the time needed to put it together.