President Joe Biden said he is optimistic Republican support for his $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure will come together. Still, senators have told him they are concerned about political challengers if they sign on.
“The well has been so poisoned,” Biden said during a CNN town hall in Ohio on Wednesday. “A lot of my Republican friends said, ‘Joe, I know you’re right. But if I do this, I’ll get primaried. And I’ll lose my primary. I’ll be in trouble.'”
“You had up to 20 Republicans sign the letter” on the deal, he said. “I come from a tradition in the Senate that you shake your hand, you make a deal.”
“I think it’s going to get done,” he added, with lawmakers compromising to move the bill forward. Biden praised Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, the lead GOP negotiator working to secure the 10 Republican votes