Two bipartisan groups of lawmakers — one in the House and one in the Senate — are moving forward with compromise infrastructure proposals of their own after President Biden ceased talks with Senate Republicans and gave Democrats the green light to proceed without them.
In the Senate, a group of 8 members including Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Kyrsten Sinema (D-Az.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Mitt Romney (R-Ut.) and Rob Portman (R-Oh.) met on Tuesday evening to continue their negotiations on a potential infrastructure deal valued at around $900 billion.
While the group had been working on a deal for months, their efforts had received little media attention compared to Biden’s negotiations with Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), who was given Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnnell’s (R-Ky.) blessing to negotiate on behalf of his caucus.
U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) attends a Senate Appropriations Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Subcommittee hearing on the budget request for the Environmental Protection Agency