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Out-of-Power Dems' Strategy: Work With Trump

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New Senate Minority Leader Chuck Shumer (AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 16 Nov 2016 10:33 PM

Democrats may take the if-you-can't-beat-'em-join-'em approach now that Republicans will control the White House and both chambers of Congress for at least the next two years.

Rather than simply fight losing battles, congressional Democrats are considering proposing legislation on issues in which they agree with President-elect Donald Trump, but traditional Republicans oppose, The New York Times reports.

Among the typically Democratic issues Trump championed in his campaign: more spending on infrastructure, punishment for American companies that send U.S. jobs to other countries, getting rid of a tax break for hedge fund and private equity managers and mandatory paid maternity leave and child tax credits.

"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," the Times writes.

For that matter, some Democrats have taken to using Trump's own words in an effort to appeal to the blue collar workers they lost to Trump.

"Every single person in our caucus agrees the system is rigged," Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan said.

The other alternative, trying to rally their coalition of interest groups in hopes of running against what they hope will be an ineffective President Trump, doesn't seem to be a high priority.

"We need to do a better job having a bold sharp focus on the economy," said Minnesota Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar. "It is not just being a collection of groups. It's talking about policies in a serious way and talking about them in a way that touches all Americans."

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