Democratic leaders said President Donald Trump agreed to aim for a $2 trillion infrastructure plan, while leaving open the pivotal question of how to pay for it.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer left a Tuesday meeting at the White House saying they will meet with Mr. Trump again in three weeks to talk about the revenue source for such an ambitious plan. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders in a statement didn't mention any spending goal but said the administration seeks to spend record levels on infrastructure.
"The good news here is we agreed on a big package and now it's up to the president and the White House to tell us how they pay for it," Mr. Schumer said. "It was repeated over and over again that unless he is willing to come up with the pay-fors for this large package, it will never get done, and he agreed."
Infrastructure is the rare public policy issue that unites voters across the ideological spectrum and is certain to play into 2020 elections when Trump is seeking a second term. Yet financing — and the possibility of tax increases — has been a chief stumbling block for decades in efforts to build more roads, bridges and other public works.