Trump makes rebuilding roads, bridges a priority

Friday, December 22, 2017, Vol. 41, No. 51

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the temporary spending bill to keep the government operating until Congress returns next year (all times local):

8:20 a.m.

President Donald Trump is promising to work with Democrats next year, starting with shoring up the nation's crumbling roads and bridges.

He tweeted Friday, "I predict we will start working with the Democrats in a Bipartisan fashion. Infrastructure would be a perfect place to start."

The president added, "It is time to start rebuilding our country!"

The statement of priorities came as Trump was preparing to leave for Mar-a-Lago, his resort in Florida. He is expected to release a framework for increased infrastructure spending in January, relying on a mix of federal, local and private spending. Trump has used the deadly train derailment in Seattle to call for more infrastructure spending. The accident happened on a newly completed bypass.