Ahead of infrastructure talks, House Democrats release $137B bill

Ahead of infrastructure talks, House Democrats release $137B bill
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House Democrats on Wednesday unveiled a $137 billion Transportation and Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill, just hours before Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse unravels with rise of 'Les Enfants Terrible' Will Trump's racist tweets backfire? Al Green: 'We have the opportunity to punish' Trump with impeachment vote MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerLawmakers pay tribute to late Justice Stevens Trump administration denies temporary immigrant status to Venezuelans in US Colombian official urges more help for Venezuelan migrants MORE (D-N.Y.) were set to meet with President TrumpDonald John TrumpPompeo changes staff for Russia meeting after concerns raised about top negotiator's ties: report House unravels with rise of 'Les Enfants Terrible' Ben Carson: Trump is not a racist and his comments were not racist MORE to discuss infrastructure.

The bill increases funding for the agencies by $6 billion in comparison to current spending levels.

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Democrats had blasted Trump for proposing $5.9 billion in cuts to the Transportation Department budget in his budget request, while at the same time calling for major infrastructure investments. A 21.5 percent cut to that agency, they said, did not bode well for a bold infrastructure plan.

“This year’s transportation and housing funding bill makes significant new investments in infrastructure, prioritizes safety, and protects vulnerable populations — a stark contrast to the Trump administration’s draconian budget proposal,” said Rep. David PriceDavid Eugene PriceRepublican lawmakers on why they haven't read Mueller report: 'Tedious' and 'what's the point?' Democrats advance more spending bills, defying Trump budget requests Ahead of infrastructure talks, House Democrats release 7B bill MORE (D-N.C.), who chairs the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies.

Much of the increased funding in the bill was allocated toward the Department of Housing and Urban Development, increasing budgets for Indian housing, rental assistance, veteran homelessness programs and community planning and development. 

In their last meeting on infrastructure, Pelosi, Schumer and Trump agreed to work toward a $2 trillion infrastructure plan. Wednesday’s meeting is meant to fill in details on what to include in the plan and how to pay for it.