Apparently, a new national trail crossing the US from west to east has been given funding, called the Pacific Northwest Trail:
While I like the idea, I really think this is a misguided one, for two reasons. One, do we really need to be spending money on this now? We still have a major deficit to manage, and you don’t max out your credit cards, then go buy new camping gear. And two, there is a lot of very boring land to cross from the west coast to the east. The PCT and AT are at least following mountainous wilderness areas; between ranges, there’s a whole lot of flat filled with farms. Not really fun for hiking.
Also, you just know someone is bound to break an axle and die from dysentery on this thing.