Schumer: Democrats, Trump agreed to $2 trillion infrastructure deal

Andrew Harnik | AP

Andrew Harnik | AP

They said Trump agreed that infrastructure investments should go beyond roads and bridges and include broadband, water systems, and enhancements to the electrical grid.

Democratic congressional leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer on Monday sent a letter to President Donald Trump calling for a "big and bold infrastructure package" ahead of a planned meeting at the White House Tuesday between Democratic lawmakers and the president.

The White House called it an "excellent and productive meeting" on rebuilding the nation's infrastructure, and said Mr. Trump also agreed to meet soon with Democrats on lowering prescription drug prices.

Trump, a Republican who campaigned on addressing the nation's aging infrastructure, unveiled a long-awaited plan previous year that received a cool reception from members of both parties, who said he had not presented a viable way to pay for it. "Two trillion dollars for infrastructure".

Democratic leaders, speaking to reporters outside the White House after meeting with Trump, called the meeting constructive.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi adds that the eventual agreement "will be big and it will be bold". "I believe we can do both at once".

Yet the issue of paying for a plan looms incredibly large.

Schumer said Trump's backing was crucial for any major infrastructure push.

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Asked about working with the president while investigating him, Mr. Schumer said, "He didn't bring it up".

"There was good will in this meeting, and that was different than some of the other meetings that we've had", he continued.

They did not come up with a plan on how to pay for the plan, but agreed to meet with President Trump in three-weeks to listen to his strategy for funding. "You could have private-public partnerships. They want to raise taxes for everything".

The meeting will take place at 10:30 a.m. ET at the White House, a senior Democratic aide told CNN.

"I hope that negotiations go well today, but if they don't, it would not surprise me", Mulvaney said, adding that he thinks there's a greater likelihood of a revamped trade deal with Canada and Mexico passing Congress than an infrastructure plan. And while the federal government does chip in money for the maintenance of that infrastructure, it's the state and local governments that pay the most, funding about three-fourths of the cost to improve and maintain them.

"Everyone agrees we should do it", Mulvaney said of an infrastructure plan.

Both leaders were smiling and laughing, even berating reporters for shouting and asking about investigations into President Trump on Capitol Hill.

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