Pelosi touts bipartisan potential of infrastructure

House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSupreme Court expands religious rights with trio of rulings Congress must act now to fix a Social Security COVID-19 glitch and expand, not cut, benefits Democrats see victory in Trump culture war MORE (D-Calif.), who appears poised to become Speaker once again, on Wednesday touted the bipartisan potential of infrastructure development while speaking at a press conference.

Pelosi mentioned speaking with President TrumpDonald John TrumpKimberly Guilfoyle reports being asymptomatic and 'feeling really pretty good' after COVID-19 diagnosis Biden says he will rejoin WHO on his first day in office Lincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad MORE on Tuesday night after it became clear that the Democrats were going to take back the House.

“Last night I had a conversation with President Trump about how we could work together, one of the issues that came up was ... building infrastructure for America, and I hope that we can achieve that," Pelosi said.

“He talked about it during his campaign and really didn’t come through with it in his first two years in office. But that issue has not been a partisan issue in the Congress of the United States.” 

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Pelosi highlighted the potential jobs that could be created in "surface transportation, water systems ... broadband ... schools, housing and the rest.”

“Those initiatives will create good paying jobs and will also generate other economic growth in their regions. Hopefully, we can work in a bipartisan way,” she noted.

Pelosi previously served as Speaker the last time the Democrats had the majority, from 2007-2011.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) earlier on Wednesday said he and Pelosi spoke and identified infrastructure as an issue where they may be able to find common ground, but he predicted that areas of legislative cooperation would be limited. 

“The one issue that Leader Pelosi and I discussed this morning, where there could be a possible bipartisan agreement, is something on infrastructure,” he said.

Trump, speaking to reporters at the White House later Wednesday, also identified infrastructure as a possible subject of future bipartisan negotiations.

“We have a lot of things in common on infrastructure,” the president said.