Senate Republicans and President Joe Biden talked twice this week about a path to a bipartisan infrastructure deal and, after the two conversations, plan to keep the negotiations going on Monday.
Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, a West Virginia Republican and lead GOP infrastructure negotiator, talked with Biden for a second time on Friday.
The two spoke by phone about a way to bridge the gap between Biden’s $1.7 trillion infrastructure plan and the GOP’s much narrower $928 billion proposal, Capito spokeswoman Kelley Moore said.
“Sen. Capito and President Biden agreed to connect again on Monday,” she added.
The continuation of the talks has raised hopes that a bipartisan deal is within striking distance.
Capito met with Biden on Wednesday, and the president appeared to make a major concession by offering to abandon a plan to pay for his infrastructure proposal by raising corporate tax rates from 21% to 28%.