President Joe Biden ended talks with Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) on Tuesday after weeks of efforts to reach a bipartisan agreement on an infrastructure package as part of the proposed American Jobs Act.
Biden has now switched to a different bipartisan group of 20 senators. Democrats hope the new team will offer additional options to negotiate his increased spending plans.
“Capito had suggested around a $50 billion boost above the previous Republican offer of $928 billion, the White House said, still leaving the GOP well short of the $1.7 trillion that Biden is seeking,” according to The Associated Press.
Capito also argued Biden’s team had changed its previous agreement to “$1 trillion over 8 years and you can include baseline spending.” during a Tuesday Fox News interview.
She added, “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.”
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement, “The President expressed his gratitude for her effort and goodwill, but also indicated that the current offer did not meet his objectives to grow the economy, tackle the climate crisis, and create new jobs.”
Psaki also said, “He offered his gratitude to her for her efforts and good faith conversations, but expressed his disappointment that, while he was willing to reduce his plan by more than $1 trillion, the Republican group had increased their proposed new investments by only $150 billion.”
Biden may be switching his approach, but his team has not ended their goals to pass enormous spending in a new infrastructure bill.