In 2016, Donald Trump's main bipartisan initiatives was infrastructure plan. Both parties are aware of the benefit that having a modern infrastructure system can have on an economy. However, misplaced priorities left that deal dead. I support the new bipartisan deal to fix our aging transportation systems.
I strongly support the initiative to expand public rail transport to the Tri-Cities. We are very close to finally restoring passenger service to Bristol, and I also believe that we should also expand that to Knoxville. Having all of East Tennessee connected to the East Coast will open up our area to countless new opportunities to local businesses.
A recent US Army exercise found that we are not currently capable of deploying an active duty armored battalion in a timely fashion from home bases. Poor infrastructure surrounding bases was a major component. It is imperative that we include our armed forces in this transportation improvement. We have the greatest military in world history, but that will not matter if we do not support them.