After the recent failure of the Republican health-care bill, President Donald Trump should be looking for an issue that he can "get across the finish line," former House majority leader Eric Cantor told CNBC on Friday.
He thinks that could be infrastructure, which the president has already pledged to fix.
"Infrastructure is a great way to try and bring the country back together," Cantor said in an interview with "Power Lunch."
"I don't care where you live, what your party affiliation is, how old you are, everybody enjoys and benefits from improved infrastructure. "
Cantor, who served as a Republican congressman from Virginia, is a member of the Bipartisan Policy Center's executive council on infrastructure.
While Trump wants to spend $1 trillion to improve the nation's roads, bridges, railways and airports, his first priority was overhauling health care. However, the GOP bill was pulled from the floor last week after party leaders determined they didn't have enough votes for passage.
Because infrastructure spending will need 60 votes in the Senate to pass, it will certainly need bipartisan support — but Cantor thinks it can be done since it is a "less partisan issue."
And while conservative Republicans, like members of the House Freedom Caucus who derailed the GOP health-care plan last week, may balk at the heft price tag, Cantor said that can be addressed by bringing in private sector funding.