Tuesday, 22 October, 2019

Pelosi, Schumer Pitch Trump on Spendy, Protectionist Infrastructure Package

Nancy Pelosi Pelosi, Schumer tell Trump infrastructure needs are 'massive'
Patty Aguilar | 01 May, 2019, 00:42

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said "it's about jobs, jobs, jobs" and agreed that the plan should be "big and bold". A top five-cable network, FNC has been the most watched news channel in the country for 17 consecutive years.

A plan released earlier by Senate Democrats would have relied far more heavily on direct federal government spending than Trump's plan.

"There was goodwill in this meeting, and that was different than some of the other meetings that we've had, which is a very good thing".

Trump's latest $1 trillion infrastructure proposal-included as part of his March budget request to Congress-was remarkably less detailed than the February 2018 proposal, and put much less emphasis on reforming the way infrastructure dollars are spent.

"Everyone agrees we should do it", Mulvaney said of an infrastructure plan. Originally, we started a little lower.

In March of previous year, Senate Democrats floated the idea of a $1 trillion infrastructure package comprised entirely of federal spending, and which echoed numerous priorities advocated in Schumer and Pelosi's letter, including billions of dollars for schools, affordable housing, and internet infrastructure.

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Prior to their meeting, Pelosi and Schumer sent a letter to the White House April 29, saying that a bipartisan infrastructure agreement should include new revenue as well as a focus on green energy endeavors, USA Today reported.

"We agreed on a number, which was very, very good - two trillion dollars for infrastructure", said Schumer. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)-both now presidential contenders-sent a letter to Trump asking that any infrastructure package include stiff Buy America provisions. "We would like this to be bipartisan". "We told him that, it was repeated over and over again, that unless he is willing to come up with the pay-fors for this large package, it will never get done, and he agreed. It's an important topic".

Democrats have proposed rolling back the tax cuts passed by the president and the last Republican led-Congress to fund road and bridge repairs, but that would also appear to be a nonstarter with GOP.

Schumer said the proposed package would include funds to fix roads and bridges, along with water projects and "a big emphasis" on broadband and the power grid, so "we can bring clean energy from one end of the country to the other".

The infrastructure issue has aligned the nation's top business groups and unions, a rarity in Washington.

Conway acknowledged that "there's no question" that infrastructure repairs need to be paid for.

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