Bridging The Partisan Divide: Can Infrastructure Unite Democrats And Republicans?
There has been a lot of discussion over national infrastructure issues coming from both parties as well as the White House. Following the recent Midterm elections, it seems that it is one of the few issues on which both sides might be most willing to work together on a plan for funding.
Senior Counsel Michael Friedberg, a former House transportation committee staffer and current policy adviser and lobbyist at Holland & Knight, told NPR that there exists "a unique opportunity with a president who has campaigned on [infrastructure], is willing to buck conservative traditions, and now a Democratic Congress. This change of power might give the necessary kick to both the administration and Congress to make this the No. 1 priority."
"When you have a different party governing one chamber of Congress, it does give [both sides] a little more cover to come up with a deal," Mr. Friedberg said. "It's contentious on both sides of the aisle...but the fact is, we're running out of transportation trust fund dollars and we're going to need funding."