White House senior adviser Cedric Richmond said President Joe Biden is poised to admit defeat and change his bipartisan commitment to pass an infrastructure plan if he believes passing it with Republican support will not take place.
“He wants a deal. He wants it soon, but if there’s meaningful negotiations taking place in a bipartisan manner, he’s willing to let that play out,” Richmond said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“But again, he will not let inaction be the answer. And when he gets to the point where it looks like that is inevitable, you’ll see him change course,” Richmond added.
Biden’s original infrastructure plan included a $2.5 trillion price tag. The revised version currently stands at $1.7 trillion.
In contrast, GOP leaders have recommended a $568 billion infrastructure package.
Much of the difference centers on what is defined as infrastructure.
Sen. Roy Blunt said Sunday on “Fox News Sunday” that, “”Our biggest gap is not the money. Our biggest gap is defining what infrastructure is.”
Blunt added, “I do think we’ve got about a week or 10 days to decide if we can work together on this or not.”