Infrastructure is different than COVID relief, White House says in welcoming Republican counteroffer

Infrastructure is different than COVID relief, White House says in welcoming Republican counteroffer


After plowing ahead to pass President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus spending plan without opposition support, the White House says it has already begun discussions with Republicans on their alternative infrastructure plan.

Biden’s press secretary, Jen Psaki, said officials saw their $568 billion counterproposal in a different light than attempts to negotiate the coronavirus package.

“This is a good start, and we look forward to having the conversation moving forward,” she said during the daily White House briefing.

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A day earlier, a group of Republican senators unveiled a more modest plan to rebuild America’s crumbling infrastructure than Biden’s $2.3 trillion package.

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The two-page plan trimmed down the Biden administration’s broad definition of infrastructure to focus on roads, transit systems, and broadband internet for the next five years as the first step in finding a bipartisan compromise.

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia said: “I

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