Donald Trump plans to announce an additional $200 billion in border infrastructure spending in 2018 as part of his fiscal 2018 budget request, according to his budget director.
The president will announce the grants during his State of the Union address on Jan. 20, according White House budget director Mick Mulvaney.
The President’s budget request includes $200 Billion in infrastructure spending to help border communities and their businesses and $100 billion in new funding for border security, including a new $50 billion funding boost for the Department of Homeland Security, Mulvane said in a statement.
The border is the second-largest infrastructure investment for the government, after the $1 trillion construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.
The border is already under construction, and Trump’s request will add to that, MulVaney said.
Trump’s border security spending will begin to flow into his 2018 budget as part, along with a separate request for border infrastructure and $30 billion in military funding, Mulvinaney said in the statement.
“This will be the largest infrastructure investment in American history, and it will help make the border more secure,” Mulvana said.
The Border Infrastructure Fund, as it’s known, is expected to be approved by Congress as part the next appropriations bill in January.