- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 9, 2016

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi promised Wednesday to respect the outcome of the election and said she could see common ground with President-elect Donald Trump on at least one issue: rebuilding infrastructure.

But she also took solace in Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s apparent victory in the popular vote Tuesday night, and said that will force both parties “to come together and find common ground.”

“Only by recognizing and respecting the important contributions that all Americans make to our country’s success can we build an inclusive and stronger future for America,” she said.

Mrs. Pelosi was one of many Democrats dismissive of Mr. Trump during the campaign, and it’s unclear how many areas of common ground they will be able to find.

But infrastructure does offer an intriguing opportunity.

During the campaign Mr. Trump had even outbid Mrs. Clinton, promising a half-trillion dollar building program, or more than twice what the Democrat had proposed.

Mrs. Pelosi said it’s time to get to work on that.

“Investing in infrastructure is an important priority of his. We can work together to quickly pass a robust infrastructure jobs bill,” she said.

Mr. Trump did not conclusively say how he would pay for his infrastructure plan, though at one point he said it made sense to tack the funds onto the national debt because interest rates were so low.

• Stephen Dinan can be reached at sdinan@washingtontimes.com.

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