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Sen. Tom Carper of DE, the top Democrat on the Senate Public Works Committee, says Trump's "infrastructure plan is unrealistic, inadequate and irresponsible".

House Democrats are slamming President Donald Trump's proposed FY 2019 Budget, as well as his infrastructure proposal, with one Democrat saying "the American people got a pretty nasty valentine". ASCE president Kristina Swallow, a civil engineer and program manager for the city of Las Vegas, says "it's great to know that the leadership of our country recognizes the fact that we have been underspending on infrastructure for decades and that it's hurting our families economically".

The effort could face opposition from Republicans, some of whom are reportedly anxious about increasing the middle class's tax burden so soon after cutting taxes, their only big legislative achievement under Trump.

The president repeatedly raised the prospect of a 25-cent hike for both the diesel and gasoline tax, said Sen.

Pennsylvania Rep. Bill Shuster, the chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, has encouraged his Republican colleagues to consider raising the gas tax as a way to keep the Highway Trust Fund - which finances road, bridge and transit projects - solvent after 2021.

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The White House said it would not comment on Trump's discussions in closed door meetings.

"He talked about having an infrastructure plan but what we got was really paper thin", he said.

"The president is focused on his 4 priorities: spurring $1.5 trillion of infrastructure investment, cutting down the burdensome permitting process from 10 years to 2, providing funding for rural infrastructure, and investing in workforce development", the White House official said. The federal diesel tax is 24.4 cents a gallon.

The federal tax, now 18.4 cents a gallon for gas and 24.4 cents for diesel, was last raised in 1993. Tom Carper, a Democrat from DE who attended the meeting and has advocated for gradually increasing the levy.

Earlier this month, Trump asked for a military parade and the Pentagon was reviewing potential dates, according to Pentagon spokesman Charlie Summers.

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