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Democrats Make Peace With Trump for the Sake of a $2 Trillion Infrastructure Plan

Details about what the federal infrastructure plan would spend money, or where it would get the money to spend, have yet to be revealed.
April 30, 2019, 12pm PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"Democratic congressional leaders emerged from a meeting at the White House on Tuesday and announced that President Trump had agreed to pursue a $2 trillion infrastructure plan to upgrade the nation’s highways, railroads, bridges and broadband," reports Annie Karni and Alan Rappeport.

The next date to watch as this infrastructure plan develops is three weeks from now, when the trip will meet again, and President Trump is "expected to tell them how he planned to actually pay for the ambitious project."

As noted in the article, the president named big promises about infrastructure spending during the presidential campaign of 2016, but the phrase "Infrastructure Week" has turned into a punch line as the administration has failed to make any progress on the issue in its first two years in office. A plan proposed at the beginning of 2018 died quickly in Congress.

The article places the infrastructure meeting in context of the very complicated politics surrounding the president, and also discusses the consequences of Democrats trying again on infrastructure in the wake of the Mueller Report and ongoing work by the Trump administration to roll back environmental regulations.

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Published on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 in The New York Times
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