Schumer to Trump: Work with Democrats on infrastructure bill
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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerThis week: GOP mulls vote on ‘abolish ICE’ legislation Red-state Dem tells Schumer to 'kiss my you know what' on Supreme Court vote Dem infighting erupts over Supreme Court pick MORE (D-N.Y.) is urging President Trump to work with Democrats on a $1 trillion infrastructure bill, arguing he could help create millions of jobs. 
 
"We need a really robust investment in infrastructure by the government," he said during a Facebook Live interview with USA Today. "We're challenging the president — he talked about it in his campaign — to join us in this and if he does we'll work with him." 
 
Schumer, as well as Democratic Sens. Tom CarperThomas (Tom) Richard CarperNew EPA chief draws sharp contrast to Pruitt Overnight Energy: New EPA head looks to reassure staff | New round of ex-Pruitt staffers leave | House votes to overhaul fisheries law | Trump rips Germany for pipeline deal with Russia Dems grasp for way to stop Trump's Supreme Court pick MORE (Del.), Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownSenate Dems tell Trump: Don't meet with Putin one-on-one On The Money — Sponsored by Prudential — Trump walks back criticism of UK Brexit strategy | McConnell worries US in 'early stages' of trade war | US trade deficit with China hits new record Blueprint to Lower Drug Prices could offer a way forward in fight against mushrooming costs MORE (Ohio) and Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonSenate Dems rip Trump after Putin news conference Senate Dems lock in million in TV airtime Doug Jones walks tightrope on Supreme Court nominee MORE (Fla.) and Independent Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersShowtime says Sacha Baron Cohen did not dress as 'disabled veteran' 2020 Dems slam Trump over Putin presser Ocasio-Cortez floating progressive sub-caucus MORE (Vt.) are expected to formally unveil the infrastructure package on Tuesday afternoon. 
 
The Senate's top Democrat said the bill will create 15 million "good-paying" jobs, while also addressing "ailing" roads and bridges, bringing broadband to rural America and bolstering veterans hospitals. 
 
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Trump floated a $1 trillion infrastructure plan during the presidential campaign, though Schumer argued on Tuesday that relying on private financing could backfire because it would create road tolls. 
 
Democrats have repeatedly pointed to infrastructure as a possible area of agreement with Trump, and Schumer said Tuesday that Democrats are putting down a "marker" as both sides gear up to hash out the details. 
 
"It's a challenge to the president. He ran on a campaign of a $1 trillion infrastructure bill," Schumer told USA Today. "We Democrats have always believed in this. We've been stymied by Republicans in the Senate over and over again." 
 
The Democratic plan is expected to include $180 billion for rail and bus systems, as well as $110 billion for water and sewer systems; $100 billion for energy infrastructure; $65 billion for ports and waterways as well as airports; and $20 billion for public and tribal lands, according to the New York Times
 
Asked how the plan would be paid for, Schumer told USA Today it would "come out of the Treasury" and pushed back against the notion that such a funding stream was a "deal killer." 
 
"When I've talked to [Trump] on the phone and I've said, 'You know, if you're just going to listen to the hard right, you're not going to get anything done.' He acknowledged that," he said. "He's going to have to work with us to get this done and we've shown him a way to go."