Biden nixes Capito-led infrastructure negotiations

Biden nixes Capito-led infrastructure negotiations


President Joe Biden is cutting short talks with West Virginia Republican Sen. Shelley Moore Capito over infrastructure and will instead try to broker a deal with a bipartisan group of senators, the White House confirmed.

Biden believes Capito’s counter-proposal to spend $978 billion on so-called “hard” infrastructure does not meet the “essential needs” of the country to improve roads and bridges, fund clean energy projects, or spur the pandemic-hampered economy by creating jobs, according to White House press secretary Jen Psaki.

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“He offered his gratitude to her for her efforts and good faith conversations, but expressed his disappointment that, while he was willing to reduce his plan by more than $1 trillion, the Republican group had increased their proposed new investments by only $150 billion,” Psaki said in a statement Tuesday of a phone call between the pair.

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