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Schumer to Trump: Work with Democrats on infrastructure bill

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Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (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 Carper (Del.), Sherrod Brown (Ohio) and Bill Nelson (Fla.) and Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders (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. 
 
{mosads}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.” 
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