Congressional Democratic leaders Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer wrote a letter to President Donald Trump on Monday, outlining what they considered to be the major issues that should be addressed during their meeting on infrastructure.
Schumer and Pelosi “sent a new letter today to President Trump to state their commitment to working together to pass a bold, comprehensive, bipartisan infrastructure bill and urge the president to take under consideration some of their priorities for any bipartisan infrastructure bill,” according to the letter’s introduction on Pelosi’s official website.
“Specifically, Speaker Pelosi and Leader Schumer say a comprehensive infrastructure bill must include new and real revenue, clean energy and resiliency priorities, and strong Buy America, labor, and women, veteran and minority-owned business protections.”
In their first point of the letter, the Democratic leaders touched on the importance of where the funding for infrastructure would be obtained:
“America’s unmet infrastructure needs are massive, and a bipartisan infrastructure package must meet those needs with substantial, new and real revenue,” Pelosi, the House speaker, and Schumer, the Senate Democratic leader, wrote in their letter to Trump.
“We look forward to hearing your ideas on how to pay for this package to ensure that it is big and bold enough to meet our country’s needs.”
“We’re going slowly on this,” replied Larry Kudlow, director of the president’s National Economic Council according to Fox News.
“We would like this to be bipartisan. We would like to work with them and come up with something both sides can agree to. It’s an important topic.”
According to Pelosi and Schumer, the upcoming infrastructure package should “go beyond transportation and into broadband, water, energy, schools, housing and other initiatives. We must also invest in resiliency and risk mitigation of our current infrastructure to deal with climate change.”
The lawmakers also petitioned the Commander-in-Chief to consider the potential job creation that this spending package could create and the potential far-reaching economic benefits.
“A big and bold infrastructure plan must have strong Buy America, labor, and women, veteran and minority-owned business protections in any package. This bill can and should be a major jobs and ownership boost for the American people – manufacturers, labor contractors, and women, veteran and minority-owned businesses.