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At Times, Trump May Tap Unlikely Ally in Congress: Chuck Schumer

  • President-elect, new Democratic leader agree on infrastructure
  • Some Trump priorities don’t line up well with GOP leaders
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) participates in a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, July 8, 2015 in Washington, DC.

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) participates in a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, July 8, 2015 in Washington, DC.

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President-elect Donald Trump may end up turning to an unexpected ally -- incoming Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer -- to pursue several major elements of his agenda.

At times, Trump’s agenda lines up more closely with that of the New York Democrat than his own party’s leaders. When Trump delivered his acceptance speech early Wednesday morning, the only policy proposal he mentioned was his desire to rebuild “our highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, schools, hospitals.” Such a plan is at odds with the fiscal restraint enforced by congressional Republicans, but echoes Schumer’s own statements.