President Trump, during Infrastructure Week, scraps plans for Infrastructure Council

President Trump, during Infrastructure Week, scraps plans for Infrastructure Council

President Trump, in the middle of "Infrastructure Week", has opted to dissolve plans for an Advisory Council on Infrastructure. The council, which was still being finalized, sought to advise the Trump administration in its ambitious $1 trillion infrastructure plan. More than 15 leaders in labor, real estate, and other areas were expected to be a part of the council, but President Trump never formally announced any appointments. Two business advisory councils disbanded yesterday after President Trump suggested a moral equivalency between white supremacists/neo-nazis and counter-protestors in Charlottesville.

The administration did get some infrastructure work done this week:

A new executive order meant to address permit bureaucracy establishes "one federal decision" for infrastructure projects. One agency will take the lead on "navigating the project through the federal environmental review and authorization process.”
Ideally, the order could lower regulatory barriers and expedite a review process that can take up to three years. It is difficult to see how a repeal of an Obama-era mandate requiring new standards for buildings vulnerable to floods and sea-level rise is a necessary part of that effort, though.

But Congress has still not seen the major infrastructure package:

The massive infrastructure plan has been short on detail: a six-page fact sheet is the most detailed proposal presented thus far. Isolated executive orders have kept infrastructure in the headlines, but GOP officials believe that the rumored $1 trillion plan may have to wait until next year.