Biden ends infrastructure talks with Senate GOP, starts engaging bipartisan group

By | June 8, 2021

Bipartisan infrastructure talks between President Joe Biden and GOP Sen. Shelley Moore Capito are over, according to an administration official. The president will now focus on working with a bipartisan group of 20 senators.

Biden and Capito spoke for five minutes on Tuesday, the West Virginia senator said, the final conversation in what’s been a stubborn deadlock over how to pay for a massive infrastructure bill and how large that measure should be. The two sides were about $700 billion apart after the GOP’s final offer.

The administration official said Biden never agreed to shift coronavirus relief funds to pay for infrastructure — a major GOP request — and that Republicans never increased the price tag of their offer enough to satisfy Biden, who sought at least $1 trillion in new spending over current infrastructure spending levels.