President Pushes Infrastructure Agenda in Cincinnati Ohio CSPAN June 7, 2017 6:58pm-7:35pm EDT
watch the hearing live, thursday, at 10:00 a.m. eastern on c-span3. you can also watch it online at c-span doig or listen on the free c-span radio app. -- c-span.org or listen on the free c-span radio app. president trump traveled to cincinnati earlier today to speak about infrastructure issues including road and water transportation. his is about 35 minutes. [applause] president trump: thank you. well, thank you all very much. it is great to be back in ohio. we love ohio. you remember ohio, oh, boy. supposed to be close. it wasn't close. and so wonderful to speak on the
shores of the very magnificent ohio river. we are here today to talk about rebuilding our nation's infrastructure. isn't it about time? spending money all over the world except here. we don't spend our money here. we spend it all over. and we'll do it using american labor. american energy. american iron. aluminum and steel. [applause] we believe in the dignity of work and in the greatness of the american worker. no worker like an american worker. i want to thank secretary perdue, secretary sinnkey and administrator pruitt for joining us today and you saw what we did with our great administrator. you saw what happened last week with the so-called paris accord. we will -- we will keep our
tion so strong and we will never have outside forces telling us what to do and how to do it, believe me. [applause] that would have been a huge anchor on our country. i'm also grateful that governor matt bevin, his wife glenna, and his family could be here along with lieutenant governor jeanine hampton from kentucky. great place. great place. where's janine? [applause] and lieutenant governor mary taylor from ohio. thank you, mary. thank you very much. we're also so very excited to be joined by top labor leaders in the united states. i've negotiated with these people for so long. they're tough. but they get the job done. right?
together we're going to put our skilled trades people back to ork. sean mcgarvey is here with us today. sean took part in one of our very first meetings at the white house. hat was a great meeting, sean. keystone pipeline has started. after years and years of stagnation. it's about 48,000 jobs. it's a big job. it's just the beginning. we have many other things happening. including, as you know, the dakota pipeline. also moving along very rapidly. we will also welcome eric dean, president of the united iron workers, and terry o'sullivan of the labor's international union
of north america. i will proudly say to you all today what i told you and told our labor unions two months ago in washington. as long as i am president, america's labor leaders will always find an open door at the white house. we had a great day. [applause] we love our workers. we're also pleased to be joined by executives from marathon petroleum, bungie north america, c.f. industries, peabody industry, alliance call, a.k. steel, new corps steel. [applause] you like that company, i guess. scotts mill cal grow and many others who are -- miracle grow and many others who are ready to help us build the roads, bridge, tunnels and roadways of tomorrow. they're very currently working very hard. i brought a couple of the greatest builders in america,
steve roth, richard lefrack, where are you guys? come here, come here, come here. come up here, steve. these people aren't used to this. they like to build. they don't know about. this get up here, richard. two of the great builders of our country. ome here, richard. i have to do this. do you want to say anything? they're not big talkers. unless they're behind a desk, they're big talkers. go ahead, richard. >> we're all fortunate to have the greatest builder in america, donald j. trump. cheers and applause] an infrastructure program which america sorely needs and is ready to implement. donald, president trump, thank
you. [applause] president trump: steve, come. get off the stage, fellas. [laughter] richard, that was a good job. thank you. these are great builders. we're watching and they're looking over our shoulders. believe me, they don't need the money. they're not doing it for that. i said, make sure it's going to come in on time, underbudget, maybe even ahead of schedule. but we say, on time, underbudget, and they're going to be watching and looking over some of the big jobs that we have planned so it gets done properly. not these jobs that take 14 years to build when they're supposed to be completed in 18 months. you've been hearing about them a little bit, right? that's been the standard. it won't be happening, not in this administration. the american people deserve the best infrastructure anywhere in the world. we are a nation that created the panama canal, the transcontinental railroad, and
system, the hway interstate highway system. we don't do that anymore. we really don't. we don't even fix the old highways anymore. we'll take even fixing them. but we're going to get them going again like they've never been before. these projects not only open new lanes of commerce, but inspire the immigration and the dreams of millions and millions of people. we crafted monuments to the american spirit. it's time to recapture our legacy as a nation of builders and to create new lanes of travel, commerce, and discovery and we're going to see all the way into the future. and the future's going to be beautiful and the future's going to be bright. in my campaign for president, i traveled all across the nation. i saw the crumbling infrastructure. i met with communities that were
desperate for new roads and new bridge. i heard the pleas from voters who wanted to know why we could weuild in foreign countries, build in foreign countries, we spend trillions and trillions of dollars outside of our nation, but we can't build a road, a highway, a tunnel, a bridge in our own nation. and we watch everything falling into disrepair. it's time to rebuild our country, to bring back our jobs, to restore our dreams and, yes, it's time finally to put america first. and that's what i've been doing, if you haven't noticed. [applause] while the very early in the administration, i think everyone has noticed. right? we have noticed. the people are noticing. like they've never noticed before. we're already making historic
progress. last month unemployment fell to its lowest point in 16 years. right now -- [applause] thank you. right now more small businesses are planning to hire than at any point in the last decade. last week the stock market sored to record highs. highest ever. boosting the pensions, your pensions and your retirement accounts and those of hardworking americans. i've just returned from a trip verseas that secured more than $350 billion of military and economic investments into the united states. that means millions of jobs. [applause] and i want to thank the king of saudi arabia. king solomon. spent a lot of time together. they're doing a great job. they're going to be doing something very special. you see it with terrorism, the
funding of terrorism, it's going to stop. got to stop the funding of radical islamic terrorism. and they're going to stop. [applause] and they hosted over 50 all muslim countries. they said there's never been anything like it in our history. in the history of this world there's never been anything like what took place two weeks ago in saudi arabia. i'm very proud to be a part of it. hopefully that can be the beginning of the end to this horrible, horrible situation that the world is suffering right now. called terrorism. got to put an end to it and we have to be very tough. we have to be very smart. we have to be very vigilant. we're going to end it. [applause] in my meetings with foreign leaders from many countries, i
sent a clear message that america expects fair trade, a level playing field, and so many other things that we're demanding for our workers and our companies. every other country looks out for their interests. it's time that we finally start looking out for our interests in the united states. [applause] no longer will we sacrifice american jobs, factories and wealth. the theft of american prosperity has come to a screeching halt, folks. and a new era of american greatness is about to begin. you see it. the already beginning. we're going -- it's already beginning. we're going to restore america's industrial might and i look here and something, they've been waiting for to us say hello. the captain says, please wave. hello, captain. [laughter] he put up that big beautiful american flag. [applause]
creating the jobs and tax base to put new infrastructure all over our country. that's what's happening. but to achieve our full economic strength, we must repeal and replace obamacare. [applause] since obamacare's implementation began, premiums have increased by an average of 75% in connecticut and 86% in ohio. just yesterday we learned that the last state-wide insurer in ohio is leaving. have you folks heard about that? that's it. bye-bye. wave good-bye. what a mess. that could mean another 20 counties and 19,000 people will have no plans. the house of representatives has done, and the house of representatives has been working, i will tell you, very, very hard, it's done its job. passing along an obamacare
replacement bill. senate, time for the mitch mcconnell is working very hard, to act and to save americans from this catastrophic event. because obamacare senate, mitch is dead. obamacare was one of the biggest oken promises in the history of politics. remember, you can keep your doctor, you can keep your plan. didn't work out that way. you end up paying not to have insurance. because it was cheaper. but there's another major promise that washington has repeatedly broken and that is the one where we are here today, it's a promise that's gone unheeded and it's called restoring america. restoring our country. the promise of a safe, reliable and modern infrastructure. it hasn't been kept. but we're going to keep it. american lives and livelihoods
depend on our action together. that's why i'm calling on all democrats who honestly have really been obstructionists, boy have they tried -- i mean, every single thing. on health care, i won't get one vote. obamacare's crashing, it's dead, it's in a death spiral, as the head of one of the biggest insurance companies said. the in a death spiral -- it's in a death spiral. and we're coming out to do good. not to do bad. to do good. we won't get one democrat vote. think of it. they're just obstructionists. every single thing is obstruction. i don't think, you know, honestly, if i were on in that party, i wouldn't be doing it that way. i'd be doing positive things. that's why they lost the house. they lost the senate. they lost the white house. people don't want to see what's going on. they want to see us all come together. but i just don't see them coming together. they're obstructionists. i'm calling on all democrats and
republicans to join together, if that's possible, in the great rebuilding of america. countless american industries, businesses and jobs, depend on rivers, runways, roads and rails that are in dire and even desperate conditions. and millions of american families rely on their water and pipes and pumps that are on the verge of total failure and collapse. we are pleased to be joined today by representatives from many, many industries that dependent on a truly critical component of our nation's infrastructure. the 12,000 miles of inland waterways. we have farmers, coal miners, by the way, those coal miners are happy. [applause] coal miners. they like trump. they like trump. same with steel workers.
and oil workers. we've taken those restrictions and those horrible regulations off your companies. we're going to have clean, beautiful air. clean, beautiful crystal water. but you're going to have your jobs also. you're going to have your jobs. [applause] maybe more than ever before. so i want to absolute each of you for the work -- salute each of you for the work you've done and maybe more importantly for the work that you're about to do. because the going to be a beautiful thing -- it's going to be a beautiful thing. you watch. these citizens know firsthand that the rivers, like the beautiful ohio river, carry the life blood of our heartland. in fact, i'm very proud that behind us today are those 12 barges, look at this. west virginia do. we love west virginia -- west virginia. do we love west virginia. west virginia. they're filled
with west virginia coal. next week we're opening a big
coal mine. you know about that. one in pennsylvania. actually a new mine. that hadn't happened in a long time. but
we're putting the people and we're putting the miners back to work. e contents of just one nine-barge tow boat like the one behind me carries the equivalent of 1,000 semitractor trailers. people don't realize it. people don't realize it. [applause] but they do now. roughly 60% of united states grain exports travel down these waterways to the gulf. more than half of all the american steel is produced within 250 miles of where we're standing right now. and its production depends on the inland waterway system. and wait until you see what i'm going to do for steel and for your steel companies. we're going to stop the dumping
and stop all of these wonderful other countries from coming in and killing our companies and our workers. you'll be seeing that very soon. the steel folks are going to be very happy. [applause] up to 25% of the nation's energy cargo relies on these channels. and the refineries along their shores. but these critical carters of commerce depend on a delab dated system of locks -- dilapidated system on locks and dams that is more than half a century old and their condition, as you know better than anybody, is in very, very bad shape. it continues to decay. capital improvements of the system which is so important have been massively underfunded. nd there's an $8.7 billion maintenance backlog that is only getting bigger and getting worse.
last december, up the ohio river, near pittsburgh, one lock built more than 50 years ago had to be shut down for five days due to hydraulic failure. you know what that means. five days means everything comes to a halt. we simply cannot tolerate a five-day shutdown on a major thoroughfare for american coal, american oil and american steel. which is going to get more and bigger. america must have the best, fastest and most reliable infrastructure anywhere in the world. we cannot accept these conditions any longer. a few years ago a gate broke from its hinges at the markland locks on the ohio river in kentucky. it took nearly five months to repair. any of you know about that? wasn't a pretty picture, right? all right. i don't think so. and in 2011, a massive section
of canal wall collapsed near chicago. it ing everything and seemed like forever. great american businesses like lando lakes, which is here today, from minnesota, where are they? stand up. that's good stuff. come on, stand up. [applause] good stuff. fear that the lock and dam systems they rely on are no longer dependentable -- dependable. i am here with a message for you. and for all of the great businesses that are gathered with us and maybe more importantly, because that's what it's ultimately about, those businesses, workers, together we will fix it. we will create the first class infrastructure our country and our people deserve. my new vision for american infrastructure will rebuild our
country by generating $1 trillion in infrastructure investment. our infrastructure program -- [applause] a lot. you know, as of a few months in the spent $6 trillion middle
east. along with the death of so many incredible people. and along with all of the other problems that you've been watching every night on television and reading about in the papers. $6 trillion and yet if we want to fix a road or we want to fix a school or we want to make sure that a bridge doesn't collapse in our country, forgetting about even building new ones, we don't ever seem to have the money. got to change, folks. it's got to change.
something wrong. something wrong. [applause] our infrastructure program will be based on forging new partnerships and demanding new accountability for every federal taxpayer dollar. under this vision, the federal government will drastically reduce burdensome regulations which we've already been doing, we have some more to go. but it's going rapidly. i think when people tell me, you know, we're doing the largest tax cut in history, people are more impressed with the fact that we've cut so many regulations. if they had their choice, which is hard to believe, nobody would have believed it. [applause] so we're getting rid of the regulations and we're massively streamlining the approvals and the permitting process. already my administration has expedited environmental reviews and critical energy projects all across the country.
they're getting approved so fast. thousands and thousands of big jobs, big, big jobs. i don't mean individual jobs, i'm talking about project type jobs. thousands of them are being approved rapidly. if they're not environmentally sound, they're not going to be approved. but we'll tell them, you're not going to get approved. but thousands of jobs are being approved. ll over the united states. and i'm very proud of it and scott pruitt has been at the forefront and he's done an amazing job. [applause] it hasn't been that easy for him, but he likes. it he likes to see people go back to work. and he likes to make sure that the environment is perfect and clean. i want to add that too. i'm pleased to announce that the dakota access pipeline, which i just mentioned, is now fficially open for business, a
$3.8 billion investment in american infrastructure that was stalled. and nobody thought any politician would have the guts to approve that final leg. and i just closed my eyes and said, do it. [applause] think of it to a company standpoint. they build this massive pipeline going for miles, then they have to hook it up, a little section. and they're stopped. and i said, that's not fair. and you know, when i approved it, it's up, it's running, it's beautiful. it's great. everybody's happy. the sun is still shining. the water is clean. but when i approved it, i thought i'd take a lot of heat. i took none. actually none. people respected that i approved it. but i take so much heat for
nonsense that it probably overrode -- it probably overrode the other. [applause] like a decoy. america built the golden gate bridge in just four years. and the hoover dam in five years. think of that. it should not take 10 years to very small for a little piece of infrastructure. and it won't. because under my administration, it's not going to happen like that anymore. we will work directly with state and local governments to give them the freedom and flexibility they need to revitalize our infrastructure. some of the money will come from direct federal investment. working with states, local governments and private industry, we will ensure that these new federal funds are
matched by significant additional dollars for maximum efficiency and accountability. we'll have people watching over each one of these jobs and every penny will count to them. taxpayers deserve the best results for their investment and i will ensure that this is what they get. the last administration passed a stimulus package of which only a tiny -- 7% went to infrastructure. and much of that was just wasted money. you folks up front, you know what i'm talking about. the great infrastructure plan, nobody saw any money. i remember shovel-ready, right? shovel-ready wasn't shovel-ready. that i can tell you. we're not going to repeat that mistake. that's not going to happen again. instead our plan will help states and local governments prioritize their most pressing infrastructure needs, building transformative projects that create a flood of wealth and
opportunity to benefit every part of our country, especially rural america. the companies here today are with us. o work everything about is it going to be right. businesses like these are ready to invest and create jobs. but we have been waiting for a responsible partner in the federal government. you've been waiting for a long time. now you have one. [applause] so i want to thank all of the great workers for being here today. i want to thank all of the great business leaders. you have some business leaders that are legendary people in the audience. running massive, massive companies. and being slowed down. but now they'll be able to speed it up. not only are we going to repair
much of the depleted infrastructure, but we're going to create brand new projects that excite and inspire. because that is what a great country does. that is what a great country has to do. america wants to build. across the nation, our amazing construction workers, steel workers, iron workers, fitters, electricians and so many others are just waiting to get back to work. with the talent and skill they respect -- represent, which, believe me, i group up in the building business, i know the talent and the skill and the courage and everything else that they have. there is no limit to what we can achieve. all it takes is a bold and will to sion and the make it happen. nearly two centuries ago one american governor had just such a vision. and the will. his name was governor dewitt
clinton. as the governor of new york state, he dreamed of a canal stretching nearly 400 miles to connect the atlantic ocean in the east with the great lakes in the west. he predicted that its construction would place new york city at the very center of worldwide commerce. he took the idea to washington, but president thomas jefferson, great president, didn't agree with him and he dismissed that concept as total madness. i'd like to thank all of the people that helped so much in that incredible event and i think that jefferson simply understood who he was and who he was dealing with. because if you want a new yorker to do something, just tell them. like our great past governor,s
that impossible to do. the governor didn't give up and new york state achieved what they thought was the impossible. and when the eerie canal opened in -- erie canal opened in 1825, he was on the first boat. he personally deposited a bucket of water from the great lakes into the new york harbor. the new canal exceeded even the governor's bold vision. it dramatically reduced the time and cost required to transport goods from the heartland. as a result, new settlers rushed top the midwest, including right smack here. probably some of you -- to right smack here. probably some you indirectly, right? definitely some of you. just as the daring dreams of our ancestors open nud paths across our land, -- opened new paths across our land, today we will open new paths to a better tomorrow. we too will see jobs and wealth flood into the heartland.
and see new products and new produce made and grown right here in the u.s.a. and you don't hear that much anymore. we will buy american, and whether he hire american. [applause] we will not, so importantly, be content to let our nation become a museum of former glories. we will construct incredible new monuments to american grit that inspire wonder for generations and generations to come. we will build because our people want to build. and because we need them to whether. whether he build because -- build. we will build because our prosperity demands it. and above all, we will build because that is how we make
america great again. thank you. god bless you. go out there and work. you're going to see some amazing things happen over the next long period of time. thank you, everyone. it's a great honor to be with you. thank you. [applause] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2017]
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