U.S. Representative Cedric Richmond shares 3 common ground issues for Democrats & Trump

Newell Normand
November 08, 2018 - 7:43 pm

The Midterm Elections delivered a big win for Democrats.  They took control of the House of Representatives from the Republicans.  U.S. Representative Cedric Richmond won re-election, and the Democratic leader joined me to discuss what happens next. “We still have a lot of work to do.  First and foremost for our area, we have to reauthorize the flood insurance program and make sure that affordability is still the top priority.  We’ll do that in a bipartisan way with our colleagues,” said Richmond.

President Trump said in his press conference Wednesday that this could be a good thing.  If everyone is serious about bipartisan support, things might be in a better position to move forward, since Republicans didn’t come together on a number of issues. 

The first issue Congressman Richmond mentioned was one President Trump has spoken about often, “On big ticket issues like infrastructure with a $4.7 trillion backlog, that need to not only be bipartisan, but also bring in the private sector to figure out how we fund and how we move forward with a real infrastructure plan.”

Richmond also brought up two other areas where the two sides may be able to find common ground. “I would do the same with shoring up the healthcare system and also comprehensive immigration reform.  Those three big ticket things are going to have to be bipartisan.  I think the President is transactional, a deal-maker; so we may be able to find some room there.”

Of course, and let’s be honest, there will be efforts that will not result in any bipartisanship. .“On other things we stand for in the Democratic Party…I think on those things…we’re just going to push through.  We’ll offer a hand of bipartisanship, but we won’t wait long.  Those are things like restoring the Voting Rights Act since the Shelby decision, criminal justice reform, paid family leave, protecting the Dreamers, and the minimum wage.”

While U.S. Representative Richmond said those were Democratic priorities, member of President Trump’s administration have expressed support for some of those policies.  Jared Kushner has taken the lead on criminal justice reform.  Ivanka Trump has been supportive of paid family leave. 

Listen to my entire conversation with Congressman Cedric Richmond below.

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