The top Republican negotiator working with the White House to craft a bipartisan infrastructure deal says President Biden abruptly ended talks on Tuesday as some Democrats urge him to try to ram through a large bill without Republicans.
“I spoke with the president this afternoon, and he ended our infrastructure negotiations,” Sen. Shelley Capito (R-WVa.) said in a prepared statement.
“As Republicans, we believe in our nation’s infrastructure, which is why our negotiating team—which consisted of the Ranking Members from the committees of jurisdiction—consistently worked in good faith with President Biden and were optimistic that we could reach a bipartisan agreement for the sake of the country.”
Although talks progressed for weeks, there were key sticking points. Republicans refused to consider tax hikes to pay for Biden’s legislation and demanded that he remove social spending that they said was unrelated to infrastructure.
Capito said that “[d]espite the progress we made in our negotiations, the president continued to respond