Biden and top GOP negotiator Capito agree to more infrastructure talk Friday

Biden and top GOP negotiator Capito agree to more infrastructure talk Friday


President Biden on Wednesday met for about an hour with the top Republican negotiator on an infrastructure package and agreed to continue talks on Friday, when he returns from a mid-week trip to the Delaware shore.

Sen. Shelley Capito (R-WVa.) and Biden had a “constructive and frank conversation in the Oval Office” and “agreed to reconnect on Friday,” the White House said.

Biden proposed a $2.3 trillion plan in March. But Republicans, led by Capito, last week presented a $928 billion counteroffer after Biden came down to $1.7 trillion.

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Capito’s office said that she “is encouraged that negotiations have continued” and “will be briefing the other members of her negotiating team and reconnecting with the president on Friday.”

Some Democrats want to ram Biden’s large original package through Congress without any Republican votes using budget reconciliation — as they did in March to pass Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill.

Budget reconciliation allows Democrats, who control the evenly divided Senate, to avoid

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