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No. 2 House GOP leader says $2T infrastructure cost too high

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi of California talks to reporters after meeting with President Donald Trump about infrastructure at the White House on Tuesday. Republican leaders in Congress suggested on Thursday that the $2 trillion that Trump and Pelosi, as well as Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, are saying should be spent on infrastructure is too much.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi of California talks to reporters after meeting with President Donald Trump about infrastructure at the White House on Tuesday. Republican leaders in Congress suggested on Thursday that the $2 trillion that Trump and Pelosi, as well as Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, are saying should be spent on infrastructure is too much. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

By ALAN FRAM
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The No. 2 House GOP leader is suggesting Congress probably won’t do the $2 trillion infrastructure deal the White House and congressional leaders are seeking.

Rep. Steve Scalise told reporters on Thursday that the price tag will be “a lot lower” than the $2 trillion Democrats say President Donald Trump supports. He said raising taxes to pay for public works improvements is “a non-starter” for Republicans.

He says he’s not seen any mutually agreeable suggestions for financing the work “that would come anywhere close to $2 trillion,” which he called “a lofty goal.”

Both sides reported progress at a Tuesday meeting at which Trump discussed infrastructure with congressional leaders. They plan to meet again in three weeks to discuss financing.

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