Pelosi touts bipartisan potential of infrastructure

House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiPoll: 40 percent of Democrats want Speaker other than Pelosi Democrats with military background offer support for Pelosi House Democrat agenda, led by minimum wage, threatens economic prosperity 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 TrumpPaul Ryan defends Navy admiral after Trump's criticism Trump discussing visit overseas to troops following criticism: report Retired Army General: Trump is ‘acting like an 8th grader’ in attacking ex-Navy SEAL who led bin Laden operation 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.