Donald Trump Will Meet With Democratic Leaders Pelosi and Schumer to Discuss Infrastructure
Washington, USA – April 30, 2019.
In spite of a certain pressure due to the ongoing Democratic-led investigations into the administration, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will meet with President Donald Trump on Tuesday in an effort to reach an agreement regarding infrastructure policy.
The meeting will take place at 10:30 a.m. ET at the White House.
Rejuvenating America's infrastructure has long been regarded as an area of potential collaboration between Democrats and the President, due to the fact that both sides have considered investing in infrastructure a top priority. Nothing could be said for certain, though, since congressional Democrats and Trump almost never agree on anything.
"Our message is: Let's work together," Pelosi told reporters on Monday, adding, "The American people understand the need to build the infrastructure of our country. Let's find a solution."
The meeting was originally supposed to be just between the two Democratic leaders and Trump. The inclusion of other key Democrats, such as Dick Durbin, Patty Murray, Debbie Stabenow, Ron Wyden, the top Democratic member on the Senate Finance Committee, and Tom Carper, the top Democrat on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, suggests the possibility of a substantive discussion about infrastructure policy.
Ahead of the infrastructure meeting, Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas suggested that if everyone works together, compromise is feasible.
"As long as everyone views it as a collective win then it would be doable," he said.
Past meetings between Trump and the top Democrats in Congress haven't gone exactly as planned. Just a few months ago, Trump walked out of a meeting with Pelosi and Schumer, calling talks aimed at ending a government shutdown "a total waste of time."
Ahead of the meeting, Pelosi and Schumer sent a letter to the White House describing the need for infrastructure investment as "massive" and saying that need must be met with "substantial, new and real revenue." They wrote that any proposal also needs to "include clean energy and resiliency priorities" and "must have strong Buy America, labor, and women, veteran, and minority-owned business protections."
The White House said that the plan would create $1.5 trillion for repairing and upgrading America's infrastructure. Only $200 billion of that, however, would come from direct federal spending.