President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have agreed to meet and discuss a bipartisan effort to improve infrastructure across the United States, said White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere.
“The President and Speaker did speak last week and have agreed to meet soon to discuss working together on infrastructure,” Deere said. “The President wants a bipartisan infrastructure package that rebuilds crumbling infrastructure, invests in the projects and industries of tomorrow, and promotes permitting efficiency.”
Pelosi has publicly noted her desire for an infrastructure package, saying recently that she would like to see passed bipartisan legislation worth between $1 trillion and $2 trillion for the U.S. infrastructure. She further expressed confidence that President Trump would be open to negotiating.
“I think we can work together. I’m optimistic. Left to his own devices, I think the president would be agreeable to these things. It has to be $1 trillion; I’d like it to be closer to $2 trillion,” Pelosi told reporters.
The issue has been a priority for both Democrats and Republicans which is why there could be bipartisan support for the measure and both sides are expected to easily find common ground on it.
The news comes shortly after the Democratic National Committee announced an initiative to point out broken campaign promises by Trump to small and mid-sized communities, many regarding infrastructure.
Neither the White House nor Pelosi’s office responded to requests for comment.