Trump Announces Another Infrastructure Advisory Committee

The White House issued an executive order on July 19 to formally establish a Presidential Advisory Council on Infrastructure composed of private sector appointees who will have until December 2018 to make recommendations on a wide range of infrastructure issues, including a 10-year plan for funding a variety of project types.

The executive order formalizes the ongoing work of top-tier real estate developers and equity fund managers who are business associates of President Trump’s. The order promptly drew a lawsuit from Food and Water Watch, which claims the 15 members of Trump’s infrastructure council stand to benefit financially from the Council’s recommendations.

The Trump administration “has adopted a pattern and practice of establishing advisory committees, largely populated by President Trump’s business associates and friends, to advise him and agency secretaries on economic and business-related matters,” the suit claims.

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