Dems at ‘fish-or-cut-bait’ moment with GOP on infrastructure, Buttigieg says

Dems at ‘fish-or-cut-bait’ moment with GOP on infrastructure, Buttigieg says


The Biden administration’s infrastructure negotiations with Republicans are “getting pretty close to a fish-or-cut-bait moment” where Democrats may choose to go it alone, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said Sunday.

“I think we are getting pretty close to a fish-or-cut bait moment,” Buttigieg told host Jake Tapper on CNN’s “State of the Union,” borrowing the phrase Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois).

“But I’ll tell you that on the fishing side of things, the negotiations have been healthy,” Buttigieg told Tapper. “There’s a lot of conversations going on… We believe in this process, but also very much agree that this can’t go on forever.”

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Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-West Virginia), the lead Republican negotiator on the bill, has floated a $928 trillion eight-year spending plan as a counteroffer to the Biden administration’s own $1.7 trillion offer.

Speaking to Fox News, Capito echoed Buttigieg’s optimism.

“I think we can get to real compromise, absolutely, because we’re both still in the game,” she

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