The American leader wants to push forward an infrastructure bill when Congress returns to office after April 20.
The best Democrats in the US House of Representatives said on Wednesday that they intended to come up with an improved $ 760 billion infrastructure plan to respond to the coronavirus epidemic.
The bill, described by President Nancy Pelosi and two key committee chairs, would include new funds for health centers, drinking water, broadband access and public transportation.
Pelosi reportedly told reporters on a conference call that House Democrats are hoping to take legislative action on the government’s next bailout bill when Congress returns from vacation on April 20.
Infrastructure is one area where Democrats believe they can work with President Donald Trump in their search for ways to deal with the health crisis and the economic fallout from the coronavirus.
“Interest in infrastructure has always been bipartisan,” said Pelosi.
The Democrats’ plan is based on a five-year, $ 760 billion framework released in January.
Congress passed three bills in response to the epidemic, including a $ 2 trillion economic bailout signed last week.
Trump tweeted Tuesday that the infrastructure bill is expected to include $ 2 trillion in additional spending, saying he wants to focus on job creation as the country recovers.
Pelosi reportedly said she was “happy that the president has returned to his interest” for infrastructure. She called the infrastructure proposal “essential because of the historic nature of the health and economic emergency we face”.
Earlier Wednesday, Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin said in a television interview that he was discussing with Congressional leaders a proposed infrastructure bill that could stimulate the struggling US economy.
“As you know, the president was very interested in infrastructure. It goes back to the campaign: the president really wants to rebuild the country, ”Mnuchin told CNBC.
Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt on Tuesday that he wanted to take a wait-and-see approach to the next spending measure and cautioned against Democratic wish lists.
“Let’s see how things go and react accordingly,” said McConnell.
“I will not allow this to be an opportunity for the Democrats to achieve unrelated political points which they could not have passed otherwise,” he said.
Congress is bypassing budgetary disciplines to authorize new emergency spending using deficit financing.