President Joe Biden will not demand an infrastructure deal or bipartisan outline with Republicans by the time he leaves for a European trip next week, and he might even be negotiating via phone on the sidelines of those meetings.
Biden has said he wants June to be a month of “action” on Capitol Hill, including by sending him a massive infrastructure bill. Top aides, however, have said even if talks led by West Virginia Sen. Shelley Moore Capito fail to produce a deal, the president is aware other Republicans are interested in negotiating.
But seeing the Capito talks through to their end will likely take a few more days, or longer. Then, new talks would begin, almost from scratch, with the two sides still miles apart on what falls under the infrastructure umbrella and how to pay for it.