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Cedar Rapids Mayor attends President Trump's infrastructure meeting at White House

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

Mayor Brad Hart attended a meeting with President Trump today at the White House. 

The President unveiled his infrastructure plan at the meeting, it's a $1.5 Trillion proposal aimed at fixing what the President calls "crumbling" infrastructure across the county. 

"This morning I submitted legislative principles to Congress that will spur the biggest and boldest infrastructure investment in American history," President Trump said at the meeting. 

Mayor Hart told us he introduced himself to the President afterward and asked about money for Cedar Rapids Flood protection. 

The city was approved for $78 Million in federal aid from the Corps of Engineers years ago but it's money Cedar Rapids has yet to see. 

"I told him I was Brad Hart Mayor of Cedar Rapids, I know you have fond memories of Cedar Rapids and we do too. He said I love Cedar Rapids," Hart told us over the phone. 

"I said one of the things you can really help us with is we have there's $78 million tied up with the Corps of Engineers. And that would be a big, it would help us take a big step forward in our flood protection and he kind of said, we're gonna fix that. And I don't know I think that might mean these regulations that the Corps has are on the radar," Mayor Hart says. 

The President has a sense of urgency when it comes to infrastructure, he says his plan will speed up permit approval to build and maintain. 

"The problem the states have and local leaders have with funding the infrastructure is horrendous," President Trump says. 

The meeting was another chance for Cedar Rapids to fight for flood protection.

"They view us as part of that plan and that's a great thing we are clearly on their radar."

Mayor Hart says he plans to follow up with the President and thank him for the invite today, he also wants to take to opportunity to remind him of their conversation.

Cedar Rapids was invited to be a part of the infrastructure meeting today, Mayor Hart says there were around 35 people there including White House staff. 

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