Moderate and progressive Democrats in the Senate are at odds with one another over how to respond to Republicans’ $568 billion infrastructure counter-offer.
On one side are Sens. Chris Coons (D-Del.), Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Mark Warner (D-Va.), all of whom have reacted positively to Republicans providing an alternative to Democrats’ mammoth $2 trillion proposal.
Coons, a close Biden ally who sits in the president’s former Senate seat, has publicly advocated for taking a bipartisan approach to passing an infrastructure package.
In that spirit of bipartisanship, Coons appeared over the weekend on Fox News alongside Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tx.), an ally of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), to reveal they were working on a compromise package.
“It strikes me as a serious attempt at providing a counteroffer that meets the general framework that I was hoping for,” Coons replied when asked Thursday by Politico about the GOP proposal.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks to reporters after the