Pelosi and Schumer to Focus on New Revenue, Clean Energy and Labor Protections Ahead of Infrastructure Meeting with President Trump
On Tuesday, April 30, President Trump will meet with Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) at the White House to discuss crafting a comprehensive bipartisan infrastructure bill. The Hill reported that Democrats want funding for roads, bridges and other projects paid for with tax increases. While Trump’s 2020 budget calls for $200 billion in federal spending on infrastructure, Democrats are asking for at least $1 trillion over 10 years.
“A big and bold infrastructure package must be comprehensive and include clean energy and resiliency priorities, the two Democrats wrote in a letter to President Trump. “To truly be a gamechanger for the American people, we should go beyond transportation and into broadband, water, energy, schools, housing and other initiatives. We must also invest in resiliency and risk mitigation of our current infrastructure to deal with climate change.”
The letter outlines three infrastructure priorities: New revenue, clean energy and labor protections. Other notable Democrats who will be attending the meeting include Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (Md.), Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (S.C.), Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (N.M.), Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (Mass.) and Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio (Ore.).
On the Senate side, Democratic attendees will include Minority Whip Dick Durbin (Ill.), Assistant Democratic Leader Patty Murray (Wash.), Democratic Policy Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (Mich.), and Sens. Ron Wyden (Ore.) and Tom Carper (Del.), the ranking members of the Finance and Environment and Public Works committees, respectively.