From the Morning Memo:

With Congress turning its attention to infrastructure in 2018, the Problem Solvers Caucus has released new policy recommendations.

The 48-member bipartisan group said it met with more than 100 stakeholders to develop the report.

Members believe the ideas they are presenting can be used as a foundation for a plan to rebuild the nation’s crumbling roads, bridges, pipes and sewers while also investing responsibly. The report also addresses railways, ports and airports, energy and power grids, and broadband and communications systems.

Among the main ideas, the caucus called for the federal government to incentivize public-private partnerships for states. Other recommendations included designating a rural liaison to help those communities compete for funding and a focus on buying materials made in the U.S.

“It’s always better for the country when we act together,” said Problem Solvers Co-Chair Tom Reed. “The bipartisan policy solutions we’ve delivered provide Congress the building blocks necessary to craft a comprehensive infrastructure plan that both parties can agree to.”

“We’ve paved a bipartisan path to get to ‘yes’ and look forward to working with key leaders in Congress to find the right mix of policies to create legislation that can, and should, be enacted into law as soon as possible.”

Rep. John Katko, Reed’s House GOP colleague, co-chaired the Infrastructure Work Group. He said in his Central New York district, infrastructure – particularly bridges roads and ports – have fallen into disrepair and state and local governments are not able to support long-term solutions.

“I was proud to work in a bipartisan manner with Rep. Esty and members of the Problem Solvers Infrastructure Working Group to produce a comprehensive report detailing areas in which we can begin to work together to streamline processes and provide sustainable funding solutions,” Katko said.

“In doing so, we’ve signaled to President Trump, as well as leaders on both sides of the aisle in the House and Senate, that we are ready to work in a bipartisan manner move our nation’s infrastructure forward.”

The report noted while the caucus endorsed the broad findings of the report, it does not constitute an individual endorsement of every policy from every member.