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 TrumpDonald John TrumpKoch-backed group launches six-figure ad buy against Heitkamp Anti-abortion Dem wins primary fight Lipinski holds slim lead in tough Illinois primary fight MORE 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 Trump 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?”

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 SchumerConscience protections for health-care providers should be standard Pension committee must deliver on retirement promise Dem super PAC launches ad defending Donnelly on taxes 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.”