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Wednesday will be a day to “press pause” on talk of subpoenas and impeachment as top congressional Democrats meet with Donald Trump and his team in what will be the second meeting toward hammering out agreement on a massive, $2 trillion program to update and rehabilitate the nation’s sagging infrastructure.
However, in a joint statement ahead of the meeting, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) promise to press progressive ideas in dealing with Trump.
“Three weeks ago, we were pleased to have had a productive meeting with the President, during which he agreed to a $2 trillion plan to rebuild America’s infrastructure and to provide ideas for pay-fors. On Wednesday, we look forward to hearing the President’s plan for how to pay for this package.
“In our conversations with the President, Democrats will continue to insist on our principles: that any plan we support be big, bold and bipartisan; that it be comprehensive, future-focused, green and resilient; and that it be a jobs and ownership-boost with strong Buy America, labor, and women, veteran and minority-owned business protections,” Pelosi and Schumer said in the statement.
At issue is producing legislation which would enable renovations on America’s aging highways, roadways, bridges, as well electrical grids, sewers, telecommunications networks and other systems in order to improve economic growth and enhance quality of life for all Americans.
“America has an historic opportunity to forge the infrastructure of the future, and an urgent responsibility to create good-paying jobs, promote commerce, protect public health and public safety, and improve quality of life,” the Democrats’ statement added. “The American people demand and deserve transformative action – and Democrats are proud to work to deliver results in their lives.”