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Hazy prospects for Trump’s infrastructure package

Hazy prospects for Trump’s infrastructure package

Politico.com
By SAM MINTZ
10/22/2018 10:00 AM EDT

With help from Brianna Gurciullo and Stephanie Beasley

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DON'T BET ON IT: Basic math and the tortured history of past infrastructure initiatives suggest that President Trump and lawmakers are likely to wind up empty-handed again despite talk of cooperation on an infrastructure package next year. The fundamental problem, our Tanya Snyder reports, is that reaching the dollar amounts both have suggested would require some combination of tax increases, budget cuts or borrowing. "Neither party has shown much willingness to address that challenge in recent decades, even during the brief period of bipartisan optimism that infrastructure inspired before Trump's inauguration," Tanya writes. Read on for takes from K Street, Capitol Hill and beyond... FULL ARTICLE

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