Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) claimed on Tuesday that White House officials have changed the initial agreement she had with President Joe Biden on the nation’s new infrastructure package.
Capito said the president agreed to “$1 trillion over 8 years and you can include baseline spending. Now, it was walked back by his staff shortly several days later yes, that was true. We were writing to what the president said he would negotiate to,” during a Fox News interview with Bret Baier.
“I was in the midst of negotiating with the president on behalf of Republicans in a robust bipartisan agreement that we were hoping to get to. You know, if there is something else out there that looks better, sometimes that’s a distraction,” added.
The senator said she believed the bill will enter reconciliation in the Senate that will allow Democrats to include “massive tax hikes on middle Americans, on farmers, on small businesses.”
She added, “And they are going to include human infrastructure, massive electric vehicle vouchers, other [things that are] extraneous [to] what I think a physical core infrastructure bill will be. I expect that’s the direction that they will go in July.”
Capito’s claims are not the alone. At least one other senator has expressed a similar disconnect between Biden and his staff.
Wyoming GOP Sen. John Thune said Republicans “believe the president truly does want to work with Republicans and tends to want to govern in a way that would be a little more consultative or cooperative, in the middle, but his staff is driving him hard left.”
Biden may claim he wants a bipartisan bill, but others on his side may not. The competing views have led to a deeply divided legislature that will continue to struggle to pass bills to help the American people.