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Democrats cool to Trump’s infrastructure pitch

Democrats cool to Trump’s infrastructure pitch

Officials likely have their work cut out for them in wooing Democrats after a year of partisan bickering over nominations, health care and taxes.

Politico.com
By LAUREN GARDNER and TANYA SNYDER
12/14/2017 05:07 AM EST

The White House is preparing to unveil its long-awaited $1 trillion infrastructure plan soon after President Donald Trump signs the GOP tax overhaul, hoping to begin 2018 with another big legislative win — but its approach is already drawing resistance from Democrats who are in no mood to cooperate

The plan set for release in January is expected to call for as much as $200 billion in federal spending over the next decade, with the rest coming from private investment, state or local funding and cuts to other federal programs. An administration official added new details this week, telling POLITICO that a wide variety of projects — from bridges to broadband — would have to compete for federal assistance, while showing they're prepared to put their own money on the table.

The "primary" factor for cities and states wanting help from Washington would be how much revenue they are willing to raise, from taxes, fees or other sources, the official said... FULL ARTICLE

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