WASHINGTON – Sen. Bill Nelson attended a White House meeting Wednesday with President Trump about his infrastructure plan, which relies heavily on state and local government investment.
"After spending trillions of dollars overseas rebuilding other countries it is time to rebuild our own country and to take care of our citizens," Trump said.
Nelson joined a bipartisan group of senators for the meeting.
The Florida Democrat has a fresh beef with the administration over the Lake Okeechobee dike, as the president's budget would require the state to pay $200 million for work.
“That’s absurd. Floridians shouldn’t have to pay a dime to finish the dike, Congress just gave the Army Corps all the money it needs to fully fund this project and get it done by 2022,” Nelson said in a statement, noting Congress just approved a disaster funding bill that gave the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers $10.4 billion to use on projects such as the dike – “more than enough to cover the $776.4 million the Corps says it needs to finish the project by 2022.”
UPDATE: Here is the press pool report from the event
POTUS opened up the bipartisan meeting on infrastructure saying "this is a priority shared by members of both parties."
He called his infrastructure plan the "biggest and boldest infrastructure initiative," and touted some of the key points of the proposal, including noting $50 billion would be spent on rural infrastructure initiatives.
"Rural communities have not been treated fairly," Trump said.
Trump said his plan provides "more power" to states by allowing them to "choose the projects" that will be eligible for federal funds.
"We want the states to be very much involved in the choice of where this money goes," Trump said.
Trump added: "After spending trillions of dollars overseas rebuilding other countries it is time to rebuild our own country and to take care of our citizens."
"It's something great for our country…it's something that our country needs," Trump said of his infrastructure proposal.