Wednesday, 16 Jan 2019

Schumer, Pelosi want climate change in any infrastructure deal with Trump

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) Heads to a conference last week. (Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)

Democratic Congressional Leaders Are Insisting That Any Deal Cut with the President of the United States.

With Democrats in the House of Commons, Trump has suggested that investing in infrastructure could have a shared priority, given the Democratic Party has long advocated public spending as a means to create jobs.

In an op-ed published Thursday night in The Washington Post, Schumer said that he sees potential for compromise with Trump but "the president wanted to earn democratic support in the Senate, any infrastructure bill would have to include policies and funding that help transition our country to a clean-energy economy and mitigate the risks the United States already faces from climate change. "

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Who Democrats have nominated the next year, echoed those feelings in a statement Friday morning, saying "when Democrats take the gavel, we will rebuild America with clean energy, smart technology and resilient infrastructure. "

Trump, a Republican who is struggling to address the nation's aging infrastructure, unveiled a long-awaited plan in which he said the president had not presented a viable way to pay for it.

The plan focuses on $ 1.5 trillion in new spending on infrastructure over the coming decade and is heavily relied on on local and private sectors, bridges, waterways and other public works projects.

A plan released earlier by Senate Democrats would have made it more difficult to direct federal government spending than Trump's plan, which included $ 200 billion in federal spending with the aim of spending several times over other levels of government.

In his op-ed, Schumer mentioned several provisions that were included in the Senate Democrats' plan that he said must be part of a deal with Trump, as well as some additional provisions.

The provisions include "massive investments" in renewable-energy infrastructure and steps to make electrical grids, and water and wastewater systems, more "climate-resilient."

The new provisions suggested by Schumer include tax credits for clean-energy production, electric vehicles and energy-efficient homes. He also called on additional investments on public lands.

"No doubt, a single infrastructure bill alone would not solve our climate problem," Schumer wrote. "But it is an important and necessary first step to include at least some, if not many, of these ideas. Without them, Trump should not count on Democratic support in the Senate. "


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