Defying irony, Senate GOP complains bitterly about obstructionism

Defying irony, Senate GOP complains bitterly about obstructionism

Senate Democrats unveiled a $1 trillion infrastructure rehabilitation plan Tuesday and are calling on President Donald J. Trump to embrace it.

The Democrats' plan calls for $180 billion to make bus and rail system improvements, $110 billion for water and sewer infrastructure and $100 billion for energy infrastructure projects.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-Ny., said he spoke with Trump Monday about the Democratic proposal, and that the president "seems open to a bill this large". If the public or Trump latch on to a Democratic proposal, Congressional Republicans could feel more pressure to include Democratic ideas in future legislation. Trump promised a trillion-dollar infrastructure plan during the campaign, but proposed a plan based on tax credits that would mostly confer windfall benefits on existing proposals.

Calling it a "partisan visit" and a "breach of standard protocol", top Democrats in the House and Senate are upset about British Prime Minister Theresa May's decision to meet with congressional Republicans in Philadelphia for their biannual retreat, without similar plans to meet Democrats, Foreign Policy has learned.

Neither side revealed specifics about how they plan to fund their plans. Trump has focused on public private partnerships and tax incentives for private developers as a means for ramping up infrastructure spending.

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While details are unclear, administration officials are floating some $137 billion in tax credits to infrastructure investors. The campaign began as a result of more than 500 recent community organizing meetings across the country, where more than 13,000 members of each of the groups convened "to plan how to fight for progressive values at every level of government and defend our communities from the Trump administration", the organizers stated. But the Democrats' much lower $1 trillion figure isn't a random number-it's the exact number Trump cited when speaking of his own infrastructure plan during the election.

In case anyone is as forgetful as McConnell, the Kentucky Republican took obstructionism to an art form when President Obama was in office, blocking literally everything he could, refusing to compromise, rejecting all outreach, making Obama's defeat in 2012 his top legislative priority, and counting on voters (and the media) to blame Democrats for the GOP's unprecedented maximalist tactics. The plan represents an opening bid by Democratic lawmakers for one of Trump's top domestic priorities and may be created to drive a wedge between Trump and congressional Republicans. Zuckerberg has "no plans' to run for president Senate panel approves slew of tech bills MORE (R-S.D.), chairman of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, told reporters. McConnell made the important point it needs to be paid for because we've got $20 trillion in debt", Sen.

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Pensec said that whatever final form legislation takes to fix and enhance water infrastructure, one common denominator crosses party lines: "Everyone is committed to making sure that people have access to safe, clean drinking water", he added.