Rendell: Trump's $1T infrastructure proposal isn't enough

Rendell: Trump's $1T infrastructure proposal isn't enough
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Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D) says President Trump deserves credit for wanting to invest in infrastructure, but argues the president's call for $1 trillion in spending isn't enough to improve America’s roads, airports and bridges.

“Give Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpIvanka Trump pens op-ed on kindergartners learning tech Bharara, Yates tamp down expectations Mueller will bring criminal charges Overnight Cybersecurity: Equifax security employee left after breach | Lawmakers float bill to reform warrantless surveillance | Intel leaders keeping collusion probe open MORE some credit. He wants to do a very broad and very ambitious infrastructure revitalization program,” Rendell said in an interview with John Catsimatidis broadcast Sunday on 970 AM in New York.

“The question is, can Democrats get together and shape that infrastructure program in a way that will work, and will there be sufficient federal investment?”

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Rendell said the $1 trillion plan that Trump has called for is not enough, citing figures proposed by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

He argued that a successful infrastructure plan requires a “$2 trillion additional investment on top of what we plan to spend now in the next 10 years."

Rendell said he agreed with Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerOvernight Health Care: Schumer calls for tying ObamaCare fix to children's health insurance | Puerto Rico's water woes worsen | Dems plead for nursing home residents' right to sue Crying on TV doesn't qualify Kimmel to set nation's gun agenda Trump knocks ‘fake’ news coverage of his trip to Puerto Rico MORE’s (D-N.Y.) message that Democrats should work with the president when possible.

Schumer in January urged Trump to work with Democrats on an infrastructure plan, arguing that doing so could help generate millions of jobs.

“When we disagree with Donald Trump’s decisions, we should fight like heck,” Rendell said.

“But when the president is right about something or moving in the right direction, we’ve got to work with him to try to get things done in this country,” he added. “Because, look, we can’t put all of our challenges on hold for four years. That doesn’t work.”