President Joe Biden and a Senate Republican key to his push for a bipartisan infrastructure bill emerged from a closed-door Oval Office meeting without a deal, but the duo will meet again Friday.
Sen. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia and the president huddled privately for about an hour on Wednesday. But the two did not reach a final accord as Biden admittedly faces a decision soon on whether he will continue talks with Senate Republicans or use a fast-track procedure to pass two massive infrastructure packages with just Democratic votes.
Biden did not respond to reporters’ questions about the meeting as he and first lady Jill Biden departed the White House via Marine One for a midweek beach break in nearby Rehoboth, Delaware.
But the White House press office did describe the session in the typical, upbeat tone, with members of the competing