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PoliticsTrump to Democrats: No infrastructure without trade deal

04:10  22 may  2019
04:10  22 may  2019 Source:   politico.com

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Trump will almost certainly need Senate Democrats to get any infrastructure legislation through Congress, and this week they Democrats also want to spend billion on an infrastructure bank, an idea Hillary Clinton campaigned on that had no traction with GOP leaders during the Obama years.

Schumer says Democrats can investigate Trump and work on infrastructure at same time. The White House didn't have a blueprint going into the meeting with Democrats and other top administration officials, including Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.

Trump to Democrats: No infrastructure without trade deal© Evan Vucci/AP Photo President Donald Trump laid out his own expectations, suggesting it was Democrats' own vision that had gotten muddled and urging that they pare down their wish list.

On the eve of a highly anticipated meeting with Democrats at which President Donald Trump was expected to unveil a way to fund a $2 trillion infrastructure proposal, Trump instead put Congress on notice that it will have to take a backseat to a trade deal.

“Before we get to infrastructure, it is my strong view that Congress should first pass the important and popular USMCA trade deal,” Trump wrote in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer Tuesday evening.

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Democratic leaders said President Donald Trump agreed to aim for a trillion infrastructure plan The cuts also curtailed revenue, making it harder to increase spending on infrastructure without Schumer said the demands from some House Democrats to begin impeachment proceedings and

Democratic lawmakers on both sides of the Capitol say the Trump administration has failed to satisfy concerns they’ve raised for months about the new trade deal with Canada and Mexico, threatening to sink President Donald Trump 's top legislative priority. Pressure from the White House for Congress to

The White House has been working feverishly behind the scenes for months to try to pass the USMCA by the end of this summer, but Democrats still have a number of concerns about various provisions of the trade deal. There is no guarantee USMCA will pass, despite the administration’s ground work.

He also stipulated that his preference is to meld any infrastructure package with a recurring reauthorization for highway and transit programs, all but assuring a less ambitious package dedicated to traditional transportation uses, instead of a broad-spectrum vision of funding everything from veterans hospitals to broadband.

Leaders from both parties have insisted that leadership from Trump was an essential ingredient for passing an infrastructure bill, with Democrats hoping that Republicans would support a gas tax increase or other revenue source if Trump did. They have been clear since their April 30 meeting, at which Trump and Democrats agreed to pursue a $2 trillion plan, that Trump needed to be the one to propose a funding source.

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Trump said that without money for the wall, there’s no deal to reopen the government. Barriers in the form of fencing have gone up at the southwest border. Trump has previously claimed that the new trade deal will pay for the wall, and reporters questioned White House press secretary Sarah

House Democrats will use their new majority to seek deals with President Donald Trump on infrastructure spending and prescription drug She said she spoke with Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on providing funds for infrastructure -- a subject all three said at separate

However, in his letter released Tuesday night, Trump laid out his own expectations, suggesting it was Democrats' own vision that had gotten muddled and urging that they pare down their wish list.

"It would be helpful if you came to tomorrow’s meeting with your infrastructure priorities and specifics regarding how much funding you would dedicate to each. Your caucus has expressed a wide range of priorities, and it is unclear which ones have your support," he wrote.

He also accused the Democrats of canceling a scheduled meeting of their staff members, “preventing them from advancing our discussions.”

The administration has been eyeing spending cuts from the last budget proposal, as well as the potential sale of assets as possible ways to pay for any infrastructure package. Still it remains unclear if that would be enough to fund any major rebuilding of roads and bridges — and even the amount of federal money the White House would consider putting toward a hypothetical package remained unclear.

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Lindsey Graham warns Trump: Don't let Democrats 'goad you' into dropping infrastructure plans.
“Mr. President, don't let these guys goad you into not doing good things for the country," graham said.

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