President Biden on Wednesday will meet with the top Republican negotiator on infrastructure spending as Democrats discuss ramming through Congress a massive spending bill that is dependent on tax hikes — and doing so without any GOP support.
Republicans led by Sen. Shelley Capito of West Virginia last week presented a $928 billion counteroffer after Biden came down to $1.7 trillion the week before. He initially proposed $2.3 trillion in spending.
There remain vast differences, however, on how to pay for the bill and what to include. Republicans refuse to consider tax increases and want to remove social spending on items such as home healthcare.
“[Biden] is looking forward to hosting Senator Capito on Wednesday afternoon at the White House, where they will continue their bipartisan negotiations about investing in our middle class and economic growth through infrastructure,” the White House said in a statement Tuesday.
Some Democrats want to ram Biden’s large original package through Congress without any Republican votes