Trump's infrastructure plan: Stuck in traffic?

If Trump expects similar bipartisan collaboration, lawmakers and analysts say the policies, the price tag, and the deficit-neutral pay-fors are as important as the tactics used to propel a plan forward.

House Republicans wrote and passed the American Health Care Act without Democratic support, and a senior administration adviser recently said the president will not seek and does not expect to get Democratic backing for his pending tax reform plan, either.

“We have to be realistic,” the senior official said.

The president could try to embed portions of his infrastructure proposals in a major tax bill, but many policy elements would fall outside the budget rules that govern the use of reconciliation, which the White House says it will tap to encourage GOP senators, who number 52, to adopt tax cuts with a simple majority drawn from their own caucus.