President Biden nixed the latest Republican proposal for a federal infrastructure bill, dimming the chances of a bipartisan compromise on the president’s signature initiative.
The White House said Biden had spoken by phone with Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), the GOP’s chief negotiator on the issue, but that so far it was no dice.
“The President expressed his gratitude for her effort and goodwill, but also indicated that the current offer did not meet his objectives to grow the economy, tackle the climate crisis, and create new jobs,” Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement Friday.
Psaki added that the president planned to reach out to others senators for support, but that he would speak again with Capito on Monday.
Though negotiations continue, the two sides remain very far apart on the details. The latest proposal from Capito gave an additional $50 billion of spending on top of an existing $928 billion Republicans have already offered up. Biden