October 4, 2019 11:15 AM, EDT

Pence Proposes House Democrats Focus on Infrastructure

Vice President Mike PenceVice President Mike Pence by Matt York/Associated Press

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Democrats in control of the U.S. House of Representatives should look to advancing policies aimed at improving the country’s infrastructure apparatus and end their ongoing investigations of the Trump administration, Vice President Mike Pence told reporters Oct. 3.

“I think the people of America are saying enough is enough. I mean, people of this country want us to focus on issues that matter most to them. These endless investigations should end in Washington, D.C.,” the vice president told the press during a visit to Arizona.

“And Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi and the Democrats ought to be focusing on issues of security, of prosperity, of infrastructure, the [new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement], lowering drug prices and whatever they want to fight about in Washington, D.C.,” he added, promising that President Donald Trump along with himself would “keep fighting for the issues that matter most for the American people.”

The exchange between Pence and reporters is archived on the White House’s website.

This week, speaking at separate events, Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) indicated that a comprehensive transportation bill has bipartisan potential on Capitol Hill.

Over the summer, a Senate panel reported a five-year reauthorization of highway programs. The leader of the transportation committee in the House, Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), told Transport Topics he anticipates considering his version early next year. The White House has not proposed an infrastructure plan this year. In 2018, the Republican-controlled Congress did not consider the White House’s 10-year, $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan.

Besides the impeachment inquiry of Trump, House Democrats are investigating federal agencies, Cabinet members and the Trump property in Washington.

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