Senate Democrats propose $1 trillion infrastructure planBy Gladys Abbott Jan 25, 2017
Senate Minority Leader Senator Schumer claimed Tuesday his caucus was not interested in getting revenge on Republicans for not holding a confirmation hearing for Obama Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland.
Several Senate Democrats have put forward the blueprint of a $1 trillion infrastructure plan to revamp and build roads, bridges, internet access, airports, schools, veterans hospitals, railways, sewers, and more.
However, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) withheld consent to move other nominees in the hours after the swearing-in, saying Democrats want more time to examine the credentials and financial backgrounds of numerous nominees.
"During his campaign, President Trump talked often about a big and bold infrastructure package", Schumer said. Say, Schumer could (as Ed Kilgore suggests) demand that Trump refuse to go along with the Republican plan to pass sweeping fiscal changes through a reconciliation bill, and instead work with his party across the board.
Infrastructure was raised at a meeting Monday between Trump and lawmakers from both parties.
Neither side revealed specifics about how they plan to fund their plans.
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On Friday the protests will center around McPherson Square, though there will be several other demonstrations across the city. In Washington, protesters clashed with police as the inaugural parade wound its way through the nation's capital.
Trump's choice to head the Office of Management and Budget, Rep. Mike Mulaney, R-South Carolina disclosed openly that he failed to pay more than $15,000 in taxes for his family's nanny.
Schumer and Senate Democrats didn't disclose how they would pay for the $1 trillion plan. So Democrats beat Trump to the punch.
Instead, the nominees said to be the most likely to be put to a vote before the parties' policy retreats that begin January 25 are Chao and Carson, whose nominations are among the least controversial.
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California Gov. Jerry Brown has already identified $59 billion in needed improvements and maintenance for the state's roads, highways and bridges. Elaine Chao, Trump's nominee for transportation secretary, told senators last week that she wants to "unleash the potential" of private investors to boost transportation. They also want to upgrade the nation's 9-1-1 emergency response system. "This is not a Democratic plan", he said. The plan would reportedly "rely on direct federal spending", as the Washington Post reports, and be paid for by closing unspecified tax loopholes. Democrats' selective cooperation is not aimed at "finding middle ground" with GOP members, the aide clarified, but about Trump's "upending decades of Republican orthodoxy" and "going around congressional Republicans" on particular issues. What is needed most, they say, is money to address the growing backlog of maintenance and fix projects, most of which are unsuitable for tolling.
"It is almost impossible to keep the benefits of the Affordable Care Act without keeping the whole thing", he said.
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