Biden Infrastructure Talks With GOP Are Dead – Here’s What Comes Next
Talks between President Joe Biden and Senate Republicans on an infrastructure bill have broken down, and the White House is shifting focus to a group of bipartisan senators in hopes of forging a deal that can overcome a filibuster.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement Biden “expressed his disappointment” to Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) that the two sides remain far apart on the price tag of an infrastructure package.
According to Psaki, Biden made calls Tuesday to Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), all members of a bipartisan group that the administration hopes will offer a better chance at a deal.
Capito said in a statement that Biden’s proposed tax increases to pay for the plan were a major sticking point for Republicans but that the administration ultimately made the decision to end the talks.