Dems lose appetite for deal with Trump on infrastructure

Posted June 20, 2017

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Donald Trump, as part of his call for an infrastructure bill, will travel 400 miles to Cincinnati on Wednesday to push his plan to upgrade the United States' inland waterway system of locks and dams.

"On Monday, the president will launch 'infrastructure week, '" White House Chief Economic Adviser Gary Cohn declared last Friday. The speech comes as the White House attempts to work through a series of distractions by focusing on Trump's legislative agenda.

The president plans to partner with the private sector on infrastructure projects and get the government out of the way.

There are few specifics of Trump's infrastructure plans, but Bloomberg reports that over the next 10 years, Trump plans to dedicate $200 billion to federal funding and $800 billion to state funding.

Although infrastructure was initially seen as a policy priority on which Republican and Democrats could work together, Democrats have balked at Trump's plans for financing improvements, arguing they would result in taxpayer-funded corporate profits and cause costs to be offloaded onto consumers.

The president also discussed plans to overhaul the country's health insurance law, commonly known as Obamacare.

Trump praised the House for passing the American Health Care Act, and called on the Senate, which is now working on its own version of the bill, "to act and save Americans from a catastrophic event".

Republicans control 52 seats in the Senate, meaning they can only afford to lose two votes from their caucus.

By using real people to help illustrate his points, Trump is following the example of many Democratic politicians.

There's been no word on whether the event will be open to the public.

The president is expected to meet first with people described by the White House as "victims" of the Obama-era health law that Trump and congressional Republicans want to repeal. Trump has denied the allegations and called the Russian Federation story "fake news".

"The president will present his sustainable solution to this problem in OH on Wednesday", she said. Indeed, Schumer said that he'd spoken with Trump, offering his own support for a large infrastructure package but warning that conservative Republicans were unlikely to go along.

Trump supplemented his discussion of infrastructure by mentioning the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act, a government program that reportedly allows the private sector to access low-priced government loans in order to leverage federal cash with funding for the state, local and private-sector levels.

In a tweet early Wednesday, Trump also announced Christopher Wray as his pick to succeed Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

Trump faced a welcoming audience of 500 at the Rivertowne Marina in Cincinnati's East End, including members of the maritime trades, local union ironworkers, builders and business operators.