South Dakota Republican Sen. John Thune said on Tuesday that President Joe Biden would like an infrastructure deal but claims his staff isn’t as concerned about getting a deal, according to an MSNBC commentator.
Thune, standing w gop leaders, says that White House staff isn’t as inclined to get a deal as @JoeBiden is.
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) May 25, 2021
Leaders from both parties are scheduled to meet Thursday to discuss the Republican infrastructure plan counteroffer. It is unknown whether Biden will attend the meeting.
Republicans initially presented a $568 billion response to the president’s enormous $2.3 trillion proposal. The offer was promptly rejected.
West Virginia Republican Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, a leader in the negotiating, said, “I think they’re digesting what we proposed and I think the plan is for them to react to that,” according to Reuters.
GOP leaders have called Biden’s plan “too broad,” noting concerns that much of the bill funds objectives not related to infrastructure.
The latest counteroffer by the GOP is expected to land at around $1 trillion according to a Tuesday CNBC report. If so, the plan may garner enough of Biden’s plans to receive the left’s support, but it is uncertain if enough Republicans would join for the lower number to pass.
The infrastructure battle continues as one of many issues facing Biden’s early agenda. Other early challenges include the ongoing pandemic response, as well as the growing immigration crisis on the nation’s southern border.