On infrastructure spending, child tax credits, paid maternity leave and dismantling trade agreements, Democrats are looking for ways they can work with Mr. Trump and force Republican leaders to choose between their new president and their small-government, free-market principles. Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, elected Wednesday as the new Democratic minority leader, has spoken with Mr. Trump several times, and Democrats in coming weeks plan to announce populist economic and ethics initiatives they think Mr. Trump might like. . . .I think there is actually a two-part strategy here. By pushing for things Trump promised and they want, the Democrats have a chance of actually getting some of them. And, by inserting themselves into areas of disagreement between Trump and the Pence/Ryan wing, they hope to pry those gaps open wider and eventually get the Republicans to cripple themselves with infighting. It's an interesting approach, and I guess we'll find out soon enough if any of it works.
Mr. Trump campaigned on some issues that Democrats have long championed and Republicans resisted: spending more on roads, bridges and rail, punishing American companies that move jobs overseas, ending a lucrative tax break for hedge fund and private equity titans, and making paid maternity leave mandatory.
Some Democrats are even co-opting Mr. Trump’s language from the campaign. “Every single person in our caucus agrees the system is rigged,” said Senator Debbie Stabenow, Democrat of Michigan.
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Signing onto (Parts of) Trump's Agenda
New Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer announced a new strategy yesterday: help Trump fulfill some of his campaign promises: