President-elect Donald Trump has floated the idea of a trillion-dollar infrastructure plan to jump start the economy and a Nebraska Congressman says it just might work.
Congressman Adrian Smith says this latest proposal differs from the stimulus plan pushed when President Obama became president in 2009. Smith calls the Obama plan clumsy and disorganized.
“Even the president himself mocked the shovel-ready description of his own stimulus plan,” Smith tells Nebraska reporters during a conference call. “So, I just think we can do far better than that.”
Smith adds the Obama plan was sold as an infrastructure plan, but veered off into too many other directions. The Congressman says typically an infrastructure plan unites members of Congress.
The president-elect has suggested spending $1 trillion to repair and upgrade the nation’s roads, bridges, tunnels, and airports. The proposal has received initial positive reaction from Congress, including the top Democrat in the Senate.
Smith says he hesitates to endorse an infrastructure spending plan as a way to stimulate the economy. He believes it should be sold as a proper expenditure of government to address long-term needs.
As for worries about adding to the country’s nearly $20 trillion debt, Smith says getting the economy going is crucial to dealing with the country’s debt.
“If we focus on expanding the economy and growing our economy, that’s how we ultimately pay down our debt.”
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]