Trump’s plans for immigration, infrastructure meet swift resistance in Congress

President Trump’s pledge in his State of the Union address to “extend an open hand” to both parties in pursuit of an ambitious policy agenda rammed quickly Wednesday into the reality of a largely gridlocked Congress — and a deeply polarized Washington.

Trump’s call for a massive infrastructure bill to fund new bridges, roads and other projects across the country was shelved, at least for now, as lawmakers prepared to return to their disputes over spending that have gripped the Capitol for weeks.

Democrats, most of whom sat stonefaced in the House chamber during Trump’s Tuesday night address, blasted the president for failing to call out Russia for its interference in the 2016 election and predicted that his scripted call for unity could not make up for a year’s worth of divisive behavior.

And some conservatives expressed alarm that Trump offered to put more than 1 million young undocumented immigrants on a path to citizenship, as Democrats vowed to fight Trump’s push to curb some forms of legal immigration.

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