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House’s infrastructure plan: How will it differ?

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Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Trump has repeatedly called for a $1 trillion infrastructure spending bill

The current Democratic majority in the US House of Representatives has largely been without a plan for the country’s roads, railroads and other infrastructure.

That all changes this week, when Democrats take control of the House for the first time in eight years.

President Donald Trump has repeatedly talked about a $1 trillion spending bill.

However, that makes it hard for Democrats to gain support for the plan.

Democrats are due to take control of the House in January, after winning back control of the House and Senate in elections in November.

Mr Trump has repeatedly called for a $1 trillion infrastructure spending bill, to be funded through new borrowing and increased taxes.

“It’s going to happen sooner than you think,” Mr Trump said last week in Washington, as he repeatedly stressed the need for a new infrastructure plan.

Image copyright REUTERS Image caption Democrats have warned the borrowing required for an infrastructure plan could throw the government’s finances into a deficit

Image copyright Reuters Image caption US President Donald Trump has repeatedly talked about a $1 trillion spending bill

Image copyright Reuters Image caption House speaker Nancy Pelosi may struggle to get Democrats behind Mr Trump’s plan

But the last time the Senate advanced an infrastructure plan – under former President Barack Obama – it was reduced to less than $200bn, largely due to Republican opposition.

“I do think it is very difficult to deal with the issue while the White House is engaged in some very strange debates and in many ways spending too much time pivoting back to health care and other kinds of distractions,” explained Ross Eisenbrey, vice president of the left-leaning Economic Policy Institute, according to the Wall Street Journal.

He added that most Republicans were likely to oppose any major stimulus package.

Democrats in the House have so far struggled to coalesce around a way forward.

On Tuesday, the Democratic chair of the infrastructure panel in the House, Peter DeFazio, said the most he would support is a “comprehensive investment plan” to lay the groundwork for a spending bill.

In a statement released last week, top-ranking Democratic House Democrat Nancy Pelosi, said that in her proposal there would be only a “incremental investment package” that is part of a larger comprehensive discussion.

According to the Associated Press, Democrats in the House have made some decisions about a plan, but probably have not settled on a number yet.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The US has increasingly invested in repairing roads, rather than building new ones

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