President Trump touts his infrastructure idea and "plan for building a stronger America" in a speech he delivered Thursday in Ohio.
We've secured more funding for highways, airports, railroads and our nation's water infrastructure. In addition to the $1.6 billion for the wall, we've got $21 billion approved for infrastructure in the current bill, that a lot of people don't hear about.
We've obtained from Congress an additional $2 billion to improve veterans' medical facilities. That's everything they wanted.
$2 billion for the veterans.
Congress now has the opportunity to build on this momentum, and to act on a common-sense plan that will make our economy stronger, our roads faster and our families safer. We want a safe country. We want safety.
It's a plan for building a stronger America.
For most of our history, American infrastructure was the envy of the world. True. Go back 30, 40, 50 years, they would look at us like -- now, we are like, in many cases, a Third World country. It's an embarrassment.
And we're the ones that had the imagination and the drive to get it done. But we've got that again.
Other nations marveled as we connected our shores with transcontinental railroads, and brought power to our cities that lit up the sky like no other place on Earth, and built mile after mile of internet capabilities and interstate highways, to carry American products all across the country and around the globe. Nobody did it like us.
We dug out the Panama Canal. Think of that. Thousands of lives were lost to the mosquito, to the mosquito. Malaria.
We dug out the Panama Canal. We transformed our skylines with towering works of concrete and steel, and laid the foundation for the modern economy.
To rebuild this nation, we must reclaim that proud heritage. Have to reclaim it. And we're on our way.
We must recapture the excitement of creation, the spirit of innovation and the spark of invention. We're starting. You saw the rocket the other day, you see what's going on with cars, you see what's going on with so much.
NASA, space agency, all of a sudden it's back, you notice? It was dormant for many, many years. Now it's back.
And we're trying to have the private sector invest the money; why the hell should we do it, right? Let them invest. If they want to send rocket ships up, they're rich, let them do it.
When I looked at the rocket that went up three weeks ago, where the tanks came back -- nobody's ever seen. It looks like -- like "Star Wars." But I looked at it and I heard the cost, I think they said $85 million. If the government did that, you're talking about billions of dollars and maybe it wouldn't work so well. But I thought it was a fantastic thing.
But we're working with the private sector and NASA, and we're -- we're doing a great job. We've made so much progress in the last year. Don't forget, just been a little bit more than a year. But we've made so much progress.