Schumer to Trump: Work with Democrats on infrastructure bill
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"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 CarperSenate Dems to Mnuchin: Don't index capital gains to inflation Overnight Energy: Reporters barred from Day 2 of EPA summit | Dems blame Trump for gas price increases | Massachusetts to get new offshore wind farm Dems question whether administration broke law with citizenship question on census MORE (Del.), Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownSenate Dems to Mnuchin: Don't index capital gains to inflation Trump on collision course with Congress on ZTE Pa. health secretary: 'Sustainable funding' needed to attack opioid crisis MORE (Ohio) and Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonPoll: 8 in 10 people in key states concerned about driverless cars Ted Cruz and Bill Nelson give NASA a reality check on privatizing International Space Station Overnight Defense: Senate confirms Haspel as CIA chief | Trump offers Kim 'protections' if he gives up nukes | Dem amendments target Trump military parade MORE (Fla.) and Independent Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersTrump: ‘Clapper has now admitted there was spying on my campaign’ Overnight Defense: Trump decision on Korea summit coming 'next week' | China disinvited from major naval exercise | Senate sends VA reform bill to Trump Senate sends major VA reform bill to Trump's desk 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."