In November, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi both cited infrastructure as an issue they can work with Donald Trump on. Now that he proposed something, they’re blasting him.
“I hope” we can get a deal done on infrastructure, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi suggested it’s the one issue Democrats and Trump could work on together.
Now that Trump has rolled out the first part of his infrastructure proposal, Schumer and Pelosi appear to have abandoned their efforts to work with Trump.
NBC News reported as much on Monday:
“Trump’s ideas for privatizing Air Traffic Control — which recycle a tired Republican plan that both sides of the aisle have rejected — would hand control of one of our nation’s most important public assets to special interests and the big airlines,” House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said in a statement.
…”If he’s serious about bringing jobs, he would support By America provisions and he would back our new trillion-dollar infrastructure bill which we announced earlier today,” Schumer told reporters about what he discussed with Trump.
Schumer took his criticism a step further, predicting “Trump tolls from one end of America to the other.”
A March poll by CNN found 79 percent of Americans approve of increasing spending on infrastructure. Democrats were optimistic about working with the president on this issue in 2016, but they showed no interest on Monday.
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