White House denies impasse as Capito infrastructure negotiations begin to fizzle out

White House denies impasse as Capito infrastructure negotiations begin to fizzle out


The White House insists there could still be a bipartisan infrastructure deal as a second group of senators overshadows West Virginia Republican Sen. Shelley Moore Capito’s cadre with another counterproposal.

President Joe Biden and Capito will speak Tuesday afternoon, though Capito told reporters Tuesday morning she would not be presenting a compromise valued more than her standing offer of $928 billion, which she said last Friday she could increase by $50 billion. But her package has limited pay-for provisions and not the ones favored by the White House.

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Biden will also speak to “other senators who have been engaged in a discussion on bipartisan infrastructure plans,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday.

When needled on whether the administration had reached an infrastructure “impasse,” Psaki pushed back: “We certainly don’t see it that way.”

Psaki repeated Biden had “several viable paths forward,” including a

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