WASHINGTON—President Joe Biden and Republicans entered the weekend sharply at odds over the way to craft an infrastructure deal that would fulfill their camps, imperiling the chances of a bipartisan deal.
Biden shot down a brand new proposal from the principle Republican negotiator on infrastructure, Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), that elevated spending by about $50 billion over their final supply, the White Home mentioned.
Biden rejected the supply, saying it “didn’t meet his targets to develop the financial system, deal with the local weather disaster, and create new jobs.”
Republicans had beforehand supplied roughly $257 billion in new spending, in need of the $2.25 trillion Biden initially supplied and prompt he may deliver all the way down to as little as $1 trillion.
And whereas the 2 sides agreed to talk once more on Monday, the White Home additionally strongly signaled that they could search a path ahead with different Republican lawmakers and even with solely Democrats.
“He indicated to Senator Capito that he would proceed to have interaction quite a lot of Senators in each events within the hopes of attaining a extra substantial package deal,” White Home spokeswoman Jen Psaki mentioned in a press release.
Up till now, Capito has been Biden’s major negotiating associate. Monday’s dialog can be their third in per week.
Democrats maintain slim majorities in each the Home of Representatives and Senate.
A Capito spokesperson supplied scant element of what was mentioned on the decision, saying that they “continued negotiating” and mentioned each side’ views.