Biden rejects another GOP infrastructure offer

Infrastructure

Senate Republicans came up to about $300 billion in new spending in their latest offer.

President Joe Biden talks from the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center in Rehoboth Beach, Del., Friday, June 4, 2021. | Susan Walsh/AP Photo

By MYAH WARD and MARIANNE LEVINE

 

President Joe Biden rejected a slightly higher infrastructure offer from Senate Republicans on Friday, the latest setback for bipartisan talks.

In a phone call with the president, Republicans’ lead infrastructure negotiator Sen. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia outlined a new plan with about $50 billion more in spending than the group’s last offer of $257 billion, according to the White House. It was Biden and Capito’s second meeting this week, and they agreed to speak again on Monday.

“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,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement “He indicated to Senator Capito that he would continue to engage a number of Senators in both parties in the hopes of achieving a more substantial package.”

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