infrastructure

photo of U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown
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While President Trump and the Russia investigation continue to dominate headlines, net neutrality, NAFTA, health care and infrastructure are among the top topics on Capitol Hill this week. We spoke with Ohio U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown about what’s moving and what’s stalled.

Near the intersection U.S. 30 with Ohio 9 in Columbiana County
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U.S. Route 30 has been gradually rebuilt over decades into a third east-west, four-lane highway across most of Ohio -- except for a 35-mile stretch on the eastern end.  State and federal funding for that ran out years ago.

Since then, local officials in area have had no luck getting Washington or Columbus to come up with even seed money for a project restart. But, they keep trying.  And they continue tweaking plans for the construction if it ever happens.

The President with union supporters in Richfield, OH
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The president 's visit to Richfield was billed as a presentation of his infrastructure revitalization plan. But it was also a kind of campaign stop.

The president’s opening to the audience of construction workers and trade union members was campaign-like.

“Remember, you can’t win unless you win the State of Ohio, right? (applause)…you can’t…(applause)."

And he described how his $1.5 trillion infrastructure initiative would help them -- Ohio and workers nationwide. That seemed to be what many in the audience wanted to hear.

Photo of People in the Training Facility at Richfield
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President Trump was in Ohio Thursday to promote his $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan. He spoke to a crowd of builders at a construction equipment training facility in Summit County.

In typical Trump fashion, the President began with a boast.

"I was good at building stuff … maybe better than I am a being president," Trump said.

Photo of President Donald Trump
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President Donald Trump made a push for his infrastructure plan on Thursday in Northeast Ohio.

Speaking at a union training site in Richfield, Trump called on Congress to fund his proposal for $200 billion in spending, in hopes of triggering $1.5 trillion in infrastructure investment.

He addressed the crowd, which included heavy machinery operators, at the International Union of Operating Engineers training facility.

“Anything we can dream, you can build," Trump told the crowd.

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