Trump, Pelosi, Schumer Agree on $2T Infrastructure Bill

Trump, Pelosi, Schumer Agree on $2T Infrastructure Bill

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Tuesday said congressional Democrats and President Trump reached agreement on a $2 trillion infrastructure plan during a meeting at the White House.

"We agreed on a number, which was very, very good - two trillion dollars for infrastructure", said Schumer.

Trump, a Republican who campaigned on addressing the nation's aging infrastructure, unveiled a long-awaited plan past year that received a cool reception from members of both parties, who said he had not presented a viable way to pay for it.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi of Calif., Senate Minority Leader Sen.

Although Pelosi and Schumer both said that the meeting did not include an agreement on how to pay for the infrastructure improvements, including road and bridge repairs, they are scheduled to meet with President Trump in three weeks to discuss the issue further.

He said having Trump backing any plan would go a long way in securing passage in the GOP-controlled Senate.

Pelosi and Schumer added that they did not discuss the ongoing congressional investigations of Trump or impeachment, but they were confident that they could still pursue a deal with the president. Chuck Schumer of New York and other Democrats, talk to the media after meeting with President Donald Trump in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Tuesday, April 30, 2019, in Washington.

Schumer said Trump's backing was crucial for any major infrastructure push.

There is no apparent appetite in either party to raise the gas tax, which funds federal transportation projects and has remained at its current level - 18.4 cents a gallon - since 1993. "And so we agreed to meet in three weeks, the same group, and they would present what their pay-fors would be, and I thought that was encouraging".

Committees in both chambers of Congress have started to lay the groundwork for an infrastructure bill through hearings, with Democratic lawmakers hoping to have legislation ready for consideration by June or July.

Then, the committee's chairman, Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., will lead a delegation to visit a dilapidated, century-old tunnel that connects New Jersey and NY.

Pelosi has dozens of new Democratic House members who won in competitive districts, said Shuster, and "they need to be able to go home next year and say they've accomplished something".

Pelosi said the objective of the meeting was not to criticize the president of the United States.

"We're going slowly on this", said Larry Kudlow, director of the president's National Economic Council. Some 30 states have done so since 2013.

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