President Trump used a ceremonial transportation day and week proclamation to
reiterate his administration's goal of rebuilding the infrastructure that move people and freight across the nation.
"During National Defense Transportation Day and National Transportation Week," the May 12 presidential proclamation said, "we celebrate our nation's land, air and sea infrastructure systems. These critical systems connect Americans to one another, provide vital national security capabilities and serve as a cornerstone of our economy."
He added that "we also recognize the transportation professionals who are dedicated to keeping our nation's transportation networks secure, efficient and reliable."
Congress has designated the third Friday in May of each year as National Defense Transportation Day, and the week during which that Friday occurs as National Transportation Week. That is also what a broad array of industry groups are calling
"Infrastructure Week," as they hold a large number of events to try to focus attention of policymakers on the need for more investment to improve facilities.
In underscoring his long-stated plans to upgrade transportation systems, Trump's proclamation said: "Quality infrastructure provides Americans with the freedom they need and deserve to move themselves and their families, and the vast array of products they want to buy and sell. But in too many cases, our roads, waterways, bridges, airports, and mass transit systems have fallen into disrepair. That is why my administration is committed to rebuilding a world-class transportation infrastructure that works for all Americans."
He also tied that commitment to the importance of supply-chain logistics in supporting U.S. defense, which was one of the arguments in the 1950s that helped spur the nation to invest in a system of interstate highways.
"Revitalizing our infrastructure is all the more important because American transportation enhancements have played and will continue to play a critical role in our national defense," the proclamation said. "Today, our military logistics system is essential to the defense of our homeland and our ability to project power around the world."
Trump included a staple of what officials say will be part of his infrastructure investment proposal – cost-saving regulatory reform to help develop projects faster and more efficiently.
"To remain effective, the transportation industry must constantly innovate," the proclamation said. "That is why, in addition to rebuilding our current infrastructure, my administration is removing regulatory hurdles that have, for too long, impeded necessary infrastructure improvements. This will allow creative companies to transform how we use our roads, waterways, rails and the skies, making them both safer for travelers and more effective for our national security."
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