President Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) are planning to meet in the near future to discuss a bipartisan infrastructure package, confirmed to the Washington Examiner by a White House spokeswoman.
“The President and Speaker did speak last week and have agreed to meet soon to discuss working together on infrastructure,” White House Deputy press secretary Judd Deere told the publication. “The President wants a bipartisan infrastructure package that rebuilds crumbling infrastructure, invests in the projects and industries of tomorrow, and promotes permitting efficiency.”
Democratic leaders in Congress said on Thursday they would seek President Trump’s support in coming weeks for legislation to invest up to $2 trillion to rebuild U.S. infrastructure, including roads, bridges and schools, according to Reuters..
At a recent Democratic retreat, Pelosi said she believes President Trump would be receptive to a $1 trillion to $2 trillion infrastructure package.
“I’m optimistic. Left to his own devices, I think the president would be agreeable to these things,” she told reporters. “It has to be $1 trillion; I’d like it to be closer to $2 trillion.”
The news comes in the wake of an initiative announced Thursday by the Democratic National Committee aimed at highlighting what it perceives as broken promises made by Trump as a candidate for small and medium-sized communities, many of which are related to infrastructure and job creation.
Pelosi was dismissive of Trump’s plan unveiled in February 2017 designed to encourage spending on improvements by states, localities and private investors. Trump had asked Congress to authorize $200 billion over 10 years to spur a projected $1.5 trillion in projects, but it had no new direct federal spending and never got a vote in Congress.