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 CarperOvernight Energy: EPA to regulate 'forever chemicals' in drinking water | Trump budget calls for slashing funds for climate science centers | House Dems urge banks not to fund drilling in Arctic refuge EPA will regulate 'forever chemicals' in drinking water The Trump administration's harmful and immoral attack on children MORE (Del.), Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownTrump pick for Fed seat takes bipartisan fire On The Money: Deficit spikes 25 percent through January | Mnuchin declines to say why Trump pulled Treasury nominee who oversaw Roger Stone case | Lawmakers trade insults over Trump budget cuts Mnuchin defends Treasury regulations on GOP tax law MORE (Ohio) and Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonThe most expensive congressional races of the last decade Lobbying world Bottom Line MORE (Fla.) and Independent Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersPoll: Bloomberg stalls after Vegas debate Prominent Texas Latina endorses Warren Bloomberg campaign: Vandalism at Tennessee office 'echoes language from the Sanders campaign and its supporters' 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."