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Trump voices confidence on infrastructure plan

Trump voices confidence on infrastructure plan
© Greg Nash

President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpPennsylvania Supreme Court strikes down GOP bid to stop election certification Biden looks to career officials to restore trust, morale in government agencies Sunday shows preview: US health officials brace for post-holiday COVID-19 surge MORE expressed confidence Tuesday in his $1 trillion infrastructure proposal.

In a meeting with New York Times reporters, Trump brushed aside concerns that Congress might not get on board with the package to improve roads, bridges, tunnels and more.

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Trump was asked specifically about potential budget-related opposition from congressional leaders like Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanPaul Ryan calls for Trump to accept results: 'The election is over' Bottom line Democratic anger rises over Trump obstacles to Biden transition MORE (R-Wis.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell halts in-person Republican lunches amid COVID-19 surge Biden and reproductive health rights Biden's Cabinet a battleground for future GOP White House hopefuls MORE (R-Ky.) to the infrastructure plan, according to Times reporters at the meeting.

“Right now, they’re in love with me,” Trump responded.

Under the plan, the federal government would provide $137 billion in tax credits to private investors to build infrastructure, something Trump said would leverage $1 trillion of investment over 10 years. He said the proposal would pay for itself.

Republican leaders are split on Trump’s idea, with McConnell saying recently that infrastructure is not a top priority of the Senate GOP.

Many Trump supporters see the plan as an olive branch to congressional Democrats, who historically have strongly supported federal spending on infrastructure.

Democrats have been cautiously optimistic about the proposal and welcomed Trump’s focus on it, while being suspicious of the funding mechanisms.