Co-Chair of Democrat Policy Committee: 'What I Want to See Is Infrastructure Spending'

By Susan Jones | December 3, 2018 | 8:29 AM EST

Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Pa.) is the newly elected co-chair of the House Democratic Policy and Communications Committee. (Photo: Screen capture/"Sunday Morning Futures" with Maria Bartiromo)

( - "What I want to see is infrastructure spending," Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Pa.), the newly elected co-chair of the House Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, told Fox News on Sunday.

But when he was pressed on how he'd pay for such a huge project, he twice failed to give an answer.

Here's his exchange with Fox News's Maria Bartiromo, host of "Sunday Morning Futures."

What I want to see is infrastructure spending. And we have to do this. We talked about President George H.W. Bush. My father was a huge admirer of his. Why? Because they were both in the Greatest Generation. The Greatest Generation, after they came back from the war, they built us an infrastructure in this country to be proud of.

It made our country -- made our whole nation, competitive. Roads, bridges, we have to repair these things. We have to do a responsible job of proper husbandry of this wonderful portfolio of assets, public assets, that have been passed down to us.

"Congressman, are you recommending raising taxes on the rich as a way to pay for infrastructure?" Bartiromo asked him.

"That's a separate question," Cartwright replied. "We have -- we have to pass a transportation and infrastructure bill and we have to get it -- we have to have hearings on it."

"Where do you get the money?" Bartiromo tried again. "I'm just trying to understand where you get the money for the infrastructure package."

"But the point is, the Republican Congress didn't do it," Cartwright said -- again not answering. "And that was something that was promised. So, I didn't understand why they couldn't get a Trump bill through the House and onto President Trump's desk.

"We, as the Democrats, we will do that, because we promised to do that. And if President Trump takes credit for infrastructure repair spending, that's fine. It's the right thing for America."

Earlier in the interview, Cartwright quoted an economist who called the Republican tax cuts "a sugar high that will be ending."

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