Trump is taking the lead on rebuilding infrastructure, and that’s bad news for Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who now has to decide whether to cooperate or not.
If Democrats work with Trump to pass such legislation, it’ll be a huge win for the president. And if the Dems resist and block legislation that would improve roads, bridges and airports for all Americans? Voters will not be happy.
Trump seems hopeful about getting the Democrats to cooperate, though. “They want it, I want it,” Trump said in an interview that aired on Fox Business Friday, adding, “we like the type of infrastructure we’re talking about.”
The president says he spoke to Pelosi about infrastructure “the other day,” which her spokesman confirmed was at a luncheon on March 14th.
Delivering on Platform Issues
Infrastructure was one of the highlighted issues when Trump was campaigning. It is no secret our federal government has ignored our infrastructure for decades. Today, many of our main highways look more those in a third-world country than those of a superpower.
Alarmingly, the state of American infrastructure recently received a D+ from the American Society of Civil Engineers. Year after year, administration after administration, the issue gets kicked down the road because our politicians are unable to come to an agreement.
Trump is hoping to change that, and he’s asking the Democrats to work with him. “It’s the easiest thing” to work together on, he said.
Dems must choose
In taking the lead like this on a public stage, Trump is putting pressure on the Democrats to come to the table and be reasonable.
But will they? Democrats have to choose: either continue “resisting” the president’s agenda no matter what, or cooperate with Trump and do something good for the whole country.
Both parties, even though they have not done a thing about it, have cited the deterioration of the country’s infrastructure as campaign issues for years. But there always seems to be something that gets attached to any infrastructure legislation and drags everything to a standstill — and this time around is no different.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer intends to ram the Democrat climate agenda down our throats before any infrastructure gets improved. “Any infrastructure bill would have to include policies and funding that help transition our country to a clean-energy economy and mitigate the risks the United States already faces from climate change,” he said.
Pelosi, however, hasn’t yet said how far she’s willing to go to meet Trump on addressing infrastructure and the opioid crisis. “Those are the two areas that are priorities that he says he wants to do. So, we shall see, but we want to try to find our common ground,” she told reporters.