During the presidential campaign, candidate Donald Trump reiterated his desire for a massive infrastructure bill to revitalize America’s crumbling roads, bridges, and airports. President Trump remains committed to infrastructure as a legislative priority, and since most of the GOP-led Congress is skeptical of the idea, Trump will need the support of a substantial number of Democrats to actually get a bill passed.
What could a bipartisan infrastructure bill look like?
In collaboration with the R Street Institute and the American Conservative, the Washington Monthly hosted an event exploring what President Trump’s infrastructure plan should really look like.
The panel discussion built off a piece by Christopher Leinberger — jointly published by the Washington Monthly and the American Conservative — which argues that a smart infrastructure bill should eschew Trump’s indiscriminate approach and instead focus on delivering what the market says Americans actually want: walkable communities. You can read the article here.
The panel featured:
- Christopher Leinberger, the Charles Bendit Distinguished Scholar and Research Professor and chair of the Center for Real Estate & Urban Analysis at the George Washington University School of Business
- Robert Puentes, president and CEO of the Eno Center for Transportation
- Christopher Coes, vice president of real estate policy and external affairs at Smart Growth America
- Salim Furth, research fellow in macroeconomics at the Heritage Foundation
- Jonathan Coppage, moderator, visiting senior fellow in urbanism at the R Street Institute.
The complete video of the panel is embedded below.