Business, unions ramp up campaign for U.S. infrastructure spending

Business groups and unions are bulking up lobbying budgets and coordinating efforts to put pressure on Congress not to let President Donald Trump’s infrastructure spending plans fall through the cracks on Capitol Hill. “The more time goes on, the more frustration will build up if it doesn’t come around quick enough,” said Sean McGarvey, president of North America’s Building Trades Unions. McGarvey and Terry O’Sullivan, the president of laborers’ union LiUNA, met with Trump in January and spoke about infrastructure. “I felt coming out of that conversation the president’s desire to move quickly on it,” McGarvey said. But, he added, a crowded agenda in Congress “might be putting a little bit of a reality check on it.”

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