Trump issues executive order to create council of infrastructure advisers

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 21: U.S. President Donald Trump gives a thumbs up as he and HHS Secretary Tom Price walk to a House Republican closed party conference on Capitol Hill, on March 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. President Trump is urging House Republicans to support his American Health Care Act. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

July 20,2017

President Donald Trump issued an executive order today to set up an infrastructure “advisory council” under the Commerce Department.

The council will include a maximum of 15 members, all picked by Trump. They will “represent the interests” of areas like labor, finance and construction. Trump will select two members to be the council’s co-chairs.

The group will “study the scope and effectiveness of, and make findings and recommendations to the president regarding, federal government funding, support, and delivery of infrastructure projects in several sectors, including surface transportation, aviation, ports and waterways, water resources, renewable energy generation, electricity transmission, broadband, pipelines, and other such sectors as determined by the council.”

The members will be expected to suggest ways to speed up project approvals, consider “funding and financing options capable of generating new infrastructure investment over the next 10 years” and propose how to grow public-private partnerships.

The council will dissolve at the end of 2018 — as long as Trump doesn’t extend it. Or it will wrap up in no more than 60 days following whenever it offers a report with its conclusions to Trump. If that happens before Dec. 31, 2018, it will disband then.

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