Trump, Pelosi talk infra

President Donald Trump and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi have discussed working together on infrastructure.

Pelosi said one of the issues that came up in the conversation following the Midterm elections was “building the infrastructure of America, and I hope that we can achieve that.  He [Trump] talked about it during his campaign, and, really, didn’t come through with it in his first two years in office, but that issue has not been a partisan issue in the Congress of the United States.” 

Pelosi also spoke with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on “how we can work together, especially on infrastructure”.

In a press conference on Wednesday Trump gave Pelosi “credit for what she’s done and what she’s accomplished” and said he was hopeful “we can all work together next year to continue delivering for the American people, including on economic growth, infrastructure, trade, lowering the cost of prescription drugs. These are some of things that the Democrats do want to work on, and I really believe we’ll be able to do that. I think we’re going to have a lot of reason to do it.

“And now we have a much easier path, because the Democrats will come to us with a plan for infrastructure, a plan for healthcare, a plan for whatever they are looking at, and we’ll negotiate,” he added

“This way, they’ll come to me, we’ll negotiate. Maybe we’ll make a deal, maybe we won’t. That’s possible. But we have a lot of things in common on infrastructure.”

Roderick Devlin, partner at Nixon Peabody, told P3 Bulletin: “The Democratic majority in the House will very likely push an infrastructure bill as one of its first moves. 

“The Trump administration has long stated its support for increased infrastructure investment, as well as a desire to work across the aisle where it can. Infrastructure could be one of the rare areas where this might happen.”

Devlin also noted there could be a proposed Democrats revival of the Build America Bonds (BABs) program or something similar.