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Website and find it under the search button. We hope you tune in. The White House says that President Trump spoke today with the Japanese Prime minister, Shinzo Ave. And they write the two leaders discussed recent developments on North Korea, and reaffirmed US Japan unity in how to achieve the final fully verified, the nuclearization Democratic People's Republic of Korea. This comes after missile tests by North Korea over the weekend and coming up shortly on C span radio discussion about China's role in the negotiations over the North's nuclear program. The US institute of peace will be hosting this. It is starting pretty soon. This is she's radio programming from Monday until then a bit from this morning's Washington journal, one of the issues we discussed the proposal or the first part of the plan between the White House and congressional Democrats for an infrastructure. Bill, gene malaria of the publication transport topics joins us, Mr. malarial start with a two trillion. Dollar figure. What did this come from? Well, it would come from a really direct sources of funding that is if the Democrats really convinced President Trump to look at either existing accounts, or if they go toward a way to raise the federal fuel tax. That's the gas diesel tack. They have not been raised in nineteen Ninety-three, the president and Democrats, and you're expecting Republicans to meet in less than three weeks at the White House again to talk infrastructure, and they're going to actually work on a way to come up with the funding of the Democrats what they're saying is that they want Trump to lead the way on the funding negotiations is actually very telling that last week. We learned that President Trump was not a fan of his infrastructure plan last year, and that plan really relied on the private sector. To take the the lead in funding infrastructure projects over two years to reach a one point five trillion dollars top line. So that's an that signals to a lot of people on the hill that the president would be open to direct funding, you know, that would be the gas tax or even looking at you know, other federal accounts, but the gas tax will be if they look at. Raising the gas tax is in play. That's actually will be the biggest source of the challenge because Republicans are really really not on board, and they don't endorse racing the gas tax. And so what kind of resistance has this already met? Have you heard from leadership on the Republican side suggesting that yeah? Mitch McConnell's office Republican leader in the Senate. They're really pushing back on a plan that would be very much a fuel tax Centric, what they're saying is that they'll be open to a multi funding approach that I've been hearing that from the Republican transportation leaders, you know, EP w chairman giambra, so he's saying about a a portfolio funny portfolio that includes vehicle mouse travel, that's people in in trucks for the mile. They travel looking at public private partnerships, which is the minority leader in the house. Kevin McCarthy, Republican California he was again advocating for public private partnerships last week. So they're looking the Republicans are going towards dead end. And my sources on the hill say that. That when Democrats take up an infrastructure Bill either at the end of this month or sometime in June committee, which it could be likely if the negotiations this month at the White House goes some relatively well. A markup could happen. You know late may sometime in June that Republicans again will push back on the gas tax. And you know, and also worth noting that aside from funding of the Democrats are likely to push for climate change provision in a infrastructure Bill, and that's a an area contention for Republicans. What not only the leadership saying this? But you know, my sources are telling me that they don't want an infrastructure Bill to be a messaging platform for Democrats. They want the legislation to really focused by merrily on roads. Bridges the historical infrastructure programs, and then Republicans will also advocate for. Would they look at polling and pulling scenario where you also have some opposition, Mr. malarial, I suppose at this point then hearing about the potential of this happening, there are certain lobbying interest in and around Washington DC who will be advocating for this push. Who are they and tell me the level of the level of lobbying? They're planning to do. Yeah. There's actually that's a great question near unanimous support among the transportation community, and I'm talking about the the big union groups chamber of commerce there actually a big player on this. The American society of civil engineers American trucking association the association of bike the bike national bike league. We're talking almost all the players are calling on the president and congressional Democrats and Republicans become together pretty much now this summer an infrastructure. Bill. They're advocating for any sort of funding because there's seeing that that the window for action. It's right now, and you know, my conversations with the chamber of commerce were going to be a big player in in upcoming advocacy forum later this month, they're actually calling it, quote, unquote, the real infrastructure week, by the way, and there's going to be advocating for funding to raising the fuel tax. But ultimately what you know, the leadership of these groups of the builders could structure firms what they're telling me is that even if they can't agree on funding agree on having some sort of a big policy Bill that if it doesn't raise the fuel tax that does, you know, have some other funding mechanism this way, you can have directive at the federal. Level that you can then percent to the states. So the states can plan long-term for infrastructure projects. And that's something that lacks for several years until twenty fifteen with the current eilly law and prior to get into that highway LA the twenty fifteen law you had more than thirty short-term extensions on the highway funding authorization. So all of these groups don't want to have a return to that what they want is a long term solvency of infrastructure funding accounts, and this way from the federal level. You have a strong partner that can team up with the state and the states can play long-term. Gotcha. And the benefits of this will be to reduce congestion on the highway that if you have better roads and bridges you and I will spend less time in traffic. Jima Lara who reports on these issues for transport topics. TT news dot com. Where you can see his writing on this and other topics Mr. malaria, thanks for your time. All right. Thank you. An interview from this morning's Washington journal on C span of next discussion about China's role in the negotiations with North Korea over its nuclear program u s institute of peace holding this discussion in Washington. Good afternoon. My name is Nancy Lyn bargain. The president of the United States institute of peace. And I'm delighted to welcome everybody here today for very timely and important conversation for those of you joining us for the first time US institute of peace was founded just about thirty five years ago by members of congress as a nonpartisan national, but independent institute with the very singular mission of working around the world with partners to prevent and resolve violent conflict. And so we do this. I can research with policy training and education and support for partners on the ground in conflict zone seeking to prevent conflict from becoming violent or resolving once it does. And we use this headquarters here on the mall in Washington DC as very powerful platform for convenient people from across the political aisles across areas. Kinds of expertise to come together to think deeply about how to solve some of the most pressing problems that we face the nation. The essence of peace building. And that's what we're doing today and celebrating today because for the last year USA has convened. A series of senior study groups to look particularly at China's influence on constant dynamics with an emphasis on conflict zones in fragile states that are of strategic interest to the United States, the China, North Korea senior study group is the second in that series. You'll hear more about that in a few moments. And it includes an impressive set of very knowledgeable, deeply, deeply expert, scholars former government officials diplomats and practitioners. Some of whom we have with us here today for the conversation. And we're here today to launch their report China's role in North Korean nuclear in peace negotiations, and as we saw from this weekend the release of this could not be more timely. We saw North Korea's latest weapon test the first missile tests from that country more than a year. And it's the latest in a series of provocations that indicate a return to tensions while with Washington while talks remain at an impasse, China, which wields considerable influence Pyongyang and shares Washington's desire for a non-nuclear North Korea. Very much wants to have a role in the negotiations with its neighbor. So the vital question is how to ensure that China can play a more constructive role in helping to move the discussion forward today, we have the co chairs of the senior study group ambassador, Jo Yoon and Bassett Bassett or staff Stapleton, Roy and two of the group's numbers. Daniel Russell and embassador Kathleen Stevens to discuss the report and its recommendations as I said, we look forward to very timely very important conversation, and you can follow the conversation with us on Twitter at US IP using the hashtag China DPRK. I also encourage you to check out USIP's new podcast network at US dot org slash podcast. It will include this event in a lot of other offerings featuring leading voices in violent conflict prevention and national security. And of course, I hope you download and share the report which you can also find on our website. And with that, please join me in welcoming, Jennifer staffs, USIP's director for east and southeast Asia programs who will introduce very impressive panel of speakers today. Jennifer..

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