PEORIA — Both of Peoria's members of Congress are encouraged at talks this week aimed at better defining a $2 trillion infrastructure bill.

In separate interviews in the last week, U.S. Reps. Darin LaHood and Cheri Bustos both expressed cautious optimism recently over forthcoming discussions between President Donald Trump and congressional leaders over the package, though each noted that the amount proposed to spend had grown.

Trump and Democratic leaders in the House and Senate settled on the $2 trillion number at the end of last month, and agreed to meet again this week to discuss the nuts-and-bolts of the legislation.

"The biggest part of that is how you pay for it," said LaHood, a Peoria Republican.

"I think Republicans are looking for the White House to provide some leadership on that."

He said he favors a "multifaceted" approach to that.

Bustos, a Moline Democrat, agreed the increased amount would require careful consideration on how to pay for it.

She reiterated House members have held a number of hearings over the subject of infrastructure, including one recently at which she testified over local priorities.

Both noted there is bipartisan agreement on the need for an infrastructure funding bill.