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Conway: Infrastructure Should Be 'Most Nonpartisan Issue' Imaginable

(Fox News' "Fox & Friends")

By    |   Friday, 30 March 2018 10:23 AM EDT

Restoring the nation's infrastructure should be the most "nonpartisan issue one can imagine," and President Donald Trump's administration hopes Democrats will come to the table and help with the push, presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway said Friday.

"It's an excellent question why infrastructure can't be done more easily," Conway told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" program. "You would think it's the most nonpartisan issue one can imagine.

"The air traffic control system built for a time when we had about 100,000 passengers annually. We're now close to 1 billion airline passengers annually. And we all know what it's like for those tarmac waits."

In addition, there about 50,000 bridges that are in disrepair, tens of thousands of waterline breaks, "the list goes on and on," she added. "People see it as a tangible problem in their community. What is this president doing about it? He is asking the Democrats to come to the table. And in the omnibus last week, there was $21 billion toward infrastructure spending. That's a good start."

Trump's $1.5 trillion in spending is meant to incentivize communities and private actors and organizations to come and give money as well, Conway said. Also, Trump's plan calls for "reducing this crazy permitting process we have."

"Sometimes, it's eight, 10 years, incessant amounts of public comment period," said Conway. "The president is a builder. He is accustomed, as we know the 'Trumpian way' of one time and under budget to deliver major projects."

Trump's call is on the heels of tax cuts legislation and work on workforce development, said Conway.

"It means the time for infrastructure improvements is here," said Conway. "We certainly hope people won't just look at this through the political lens and will listen to their constituents who are saying the potholes, the bridges in disrepair.

"The traffic hassles. All of that, this president wants to tackle it even though we know the local communities know best how to fix it in their areas."

Conway Friday also commented on Attorney General Jeff Sessions' decision to nominate attorney John Huber to look at abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act system from the outside, rather than appointing a special counsel, as Republicans had wanted.

John Huber, a top federal prosecutor from Utah, has been working in secret before being revealed by Sessions in a statement Thursday. 

"There is no question that more information needs to come forward," said Conway. "There is an inspector general's report come soon. Everybody read these texts. There were people at the top involved in an investigation who obviously had political points of view that they were not shy about expressing. . .

"So, having this prosecutor take a fresh look at everything that we know and could know is a very positive development. I respect the attorney general's decision."

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Kellyanne Conway said Friday that restoring the nation's infrastructure should be the most "nonpartisan issue one can imagine."
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Friday, 30 March 2018 10:23 AM
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