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Bipartisan support for an infrastructure deal grew Wednesday, as 21 senators — including 11 Republicans — publicly backed the proposal, a signal that talks have progressed as the White House-imposed deadline looms. “We support this bipartisan framework that provides an historic investment in our nation’s core infrastructure needs without raising taxes,” the group said in a statement. The statement provides no substantive details, but it is significant that 11 Republicans support the plan, which needs 60 votes to pass. Their public support indicates that Republicans feel the urgency to reach a deal on popular physical infrastructure measures soon or risk Democrats cutting them out of the process. A Monmouth University poll released earlier Wednesday found that 68 percent of American voters favor Biden's infrastructure proposal, including 41 percent of Republicans, while 29 percent oppose it.
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WASHINGTON — Progressive Democrats working on a bipartisan infrastructure deal hardened their position on the legislation after tense talks Monday. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., a member of the Senate Democrats' leadership team, came out against a bipartisan agreement Monday night after meeting with a bipartisan group of 10 senators. Ed Markey of Massachusetts and Jeff Merkley of Oregon have insisted that any deal must include action on climate change. That means the bipartisan group will need to secure more than 10 Republicans to get its proposal across the finish line. Republicans said it was part of the plan; Democrats said it wasn't.
Persons: Sen, Bernie Sanders, Sanders, Democratic Sens, Ed Markey, Jeff Merkley, Joe Biden, Shelley Moore Capito, Jon Tester, Mitt Romney Organizations: WASHINGTON —, Senate Democrats, Democratic, Massachusetts, Republicans, Republican, White House Locations: America, Oregon, R, Utah
REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/File PhotoWASHINGTON, June 15 (Reuters) - Democrats in the U.S. Congress on Tuesday criticized a $1.2 trillion infrastructure proposal by a bipartisan group of Senate moderates as neglecting some of their key priorities, raising questions about the measure's fate. The Senate proposal, which emerged after negotiations between Biden and Republican Senator Shelley Moore Capito collapsed last week, insufficiently addresses climate change and other Democratic goals, including spending on healthcare and childcare, Democrats said. The $1.2 trillion package, to span eight years, is below Biden's most recent proposal of $1.7 trillion. The two parties also disagree about how to pay for infrastructure and have not yet released details of how the money would be spent. "I think we should go bigger," said Richard Neal, chairman of the House's powerful Ways and Means Committee.
Persons: Joshua Roberts, Joe Biden's, Shelley Moore Capito, Richard Neal, Pramila Jayapal, Kamala Harris, Mitt Romney, Bernie Sanders, Chuck Schumer, Joe Manchin, Kirsten Sinema, Manchin, Bob Casey, Alexandria Ocasio, John Yarmuth, Makini Brice, Susan Cornwell, David Morgan, Scott Malone, Jonathan Oatis Organizations: U.S, Capitol, REUTERS, WASHINGTON, Congress, Democratic, Senate, Biden, Republicans, White, Thomson Locations: Washington , U.S, Cortez
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republicans are due to hear details on Tuesday about a bipartisan proposal to revitalize America’s roads and bridges, which lawmakers believe could win support from the caucus as a part of President Joe Biden’s sweeping infrastructure plan. REUTERS/Evelyn HocksteinMembers of a bipartisan Senate group will discuss the proposal with Republican senators at their weekly policy lunch, Republican lawmakers and aides said on Monday evening. 2 Republican, told reporters that he expects Republican support for the proposal. But I think there would be substantial Republican support,” he said. “It’s my understanding that everybody has said that they could support reconciliation in some form.
Persons: Joe Biden’s, Bill Cassidy, Evelyn Hockstein, “ We’ll, , Shelley Moore Capito, Biden, John Thune, , , Dick Durbin, eyeing, Nancy Pelosi, Mark Warner, Capito, ” Warner, Warner, Joe Manchin, Jeanne Shaheen Organizations: WASHINGTON, U.S, Senate Republicans, Senate, Capitol, REUTERS, Republican, Democrat, Washington Post Locations: America’s, Washington , U.S
To Understand Joe Manchin, Look at West Virginia’s Transformation
  + stars: | 2021-06-14 | by ( Gerald F. Seib | ) www.wsj.com + 0.66   time to read: +1 min
In the 1996 election, Democrat Bill Clinton carried West Virginia by 15 percentage points in the presidential race. Democrat Jay Rockefeller was re-elected to his Senate seat with a stunning 77% of the vote. Republican Donald Trump won West Virginia in the presidential race by almost 40 percentage points. “The migration underscored the cultural and economic transformation of America,” Mr. Hart says. His insistence on bipartisanship, which strikes some as both naive and anachronistic, isn’t merely part of his political makeup; it’s what is required for a Democrat holding on in West Virginia.
Persons: Bill Clinton, Democrat Jay Rockefeller, Republican Donald Trump, Republican Sen, Shelley Moore Capito, Democratic pollster Peter Hart, ” Mr, Hart, Joe Manchin, , isn’t Organizations: Democrat, Republican, West Virginia, Republicans, Democratic Locations: West Virginia
Biden wants Congress to allow $400 billion for home care to help cut the wait, which can last years. Under Biden's plan, Congress would increase home-care funding by $400 billion over eight years to help more people get care. Biden's $400 billion plan wouldn't address all the problems with home care but would make a significant difference for many families who need it, proponents say. The $300 billion home-care industry doesn't have a large market leader lobbying the issue as might typically be seen with other healthcare interests. Casey also said he wasn't sure that all Democrats were willing to vote for the full $400 billion Biden is asking for.
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Biden Administration Plans to Return Pentagon Border-Wall Funds
  + stars: | 2021-06-11 | by ( Michelle Hackman | ) www.wsj.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
WASHINGTON—The Biden administration is returning more than $2 billion in unused money for the southern border wall that had been shifted from the Pentagon by the Trump administration, and is reviewing whether to return land the previous administration seized from private landowners for the wall, the White House said Friday. The administration also said it planned to use the $1.325 billion Congress specifically allotted for border-barrier construction to repair and clean up remaining construction sites, as well as address some of the environmental damage that construction had caused. The White House felt bound by President Biden’s statement during the 2020 presidential campaign that he wouldn’t build another mile of the wall, according to people familiar with the matter. The wall had been a central part of the agenda of former President Donald Trump, who said it was necessary to keep people from crossing the border illegally. Under the plan detailed Friday, the $1.325 billion Congress allotted for the wall will instead be used to pay contractors to clean up the excavators, bulldozers and other equipment left at the sites when the Biden administration froze their work on Mr. Biden’s first day in office.
Persons: WASHINGTON —, Biden, Trump, Biden’s, Donald Trump, Sen, Shelley Moore Capito Organizations: Pentagon, Department of Homeland Security
WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of 10 senators said Thursday they had reached a tentative infrastructure deal, but skepticism from Republicans and impatience from Democrats left its prospects uncertain as lawmakers departed for the weekend. The other members of the group are Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine; Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va.; Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La. Sen. Mark Kelly, D-Ariz., who faces re-election next year, said he favors a bipartisan deal as "the first option," without taking a simple-majority approach off the table. If we can do a bipartisan bill, that's great. "Hope we'll get some Republican votes."
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U.S. House panel approves $547 bln infrastructure boost
  + stars: | 2021-06-10 | by ( David Shepardson | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
The vote after more than 17 hours of debate came as the Senate Commerce Committee is set to unveil a compromise surface transportation bill as early as Thursday, sources said. The House bill adopts some proposals made by Democratic President Joe Biden as part of his broader $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan. Congress faces a Sept. 30 deadline to reauthorize surface transportation programs. The bill introduced by Transportation Committee chairman Peter DeFazio and other senior committee Democrats would authorize $343 billion for roads, bridges and safety - including $4 billion for electric vehicle charging infrastructure. The House Transportation committee separately voted on a bipartisan measure on Wednesday to authorize $50 billion to address wastewater infrastructure needs.
Persons: Transportation Pete Buttigieg, Soto, Joe Rondone, Joe Biden, Biden, Shelley Moore Capito, Peter DeFazio, DeFazio's Organizations: Transportation, Hernando, . House, Senate, Democratic, Republican, Environment, Public, U.S, Amtrak, Thomson Locations: Mississippi, West Memphis , Arkansas, Memphis , Tennessee, U.S
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell also told the group his was open to their ideas, Republicans said. Schumer said work was still progressing on two tracks - one a bipartisan infrastructure bill and the other a measure that if brought to the floor, could pass with only Democratic votes through a maneuver called reconciliation that bypasses the rule requiring 60 votes for bills to advance. Biden and Schumer have talked about such a two-track approach“I was told verbally, stuff, I’ve asked for paper, I’ll look at it,” Schumer said. He and Democratic Senator Jon Tester also spoke of a provision that might raise revenue by having the Internal Revenue Service go after tax cheats. In the latest bipartisan discussions, Republican lawmakers said the group reached tentative conclusions on specific spending provisions that it would pay for without raising taxes.
Persons: Chuck Schumer, Mitch McConnell, Evelyn Hockstein, Joe Biden's, Biden, Shelley Moore Capito, Schumer, I’ve, ” Schumer, Susan Collins, McConnell, , Joe Manchin, Mitt Romney, Jon Tester, Kate Bedingfield, White, , we’re, Chris Murphy, ” Murphy Organizations: WASHINGTON, Democratic U.S, U.S, Senate, Capitol, REUTERS, Republican, Republicans, Democrats, Reuters, Democrat, Democratic, Internal Revenue, White House, CNN Locations: Washington , U.S
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -A bipartisan group of 10 U.S. senators said on Thursday it had reached agreement on a framework for a proposed infrastructure spending bill that would not include any tax increases. The senators said they were discussing their approach with their colleagues and the White House, and they were optimistic about getting broad support. “Our group ... has worked in good faith and reached a bipartisan agreement on a realistic, compromise framework to modernize our nation’s infrastructure and energy technologies,” the lawmakers said in a statement. Democratic U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said earlier on Thursday he was open to a bipartisan infrastructure bill but wanted to see it in writing. Republicans say Biden’s infrastructure plan puts too much money into addressing climate change and building up some social programs.
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The conservative West Virginia Democrat is flexing his political muscle and angering progressives. She previously served as secretary of education and the arts for West Virginia and has been married to the senator since 1967. Joe Manchin (R) and his wife Gayle Manchin joined First Lady Jill Biden(C), and actress Jennifer Garner(2ndL) in Charleston, West Virginia on May 13, 2021. Even after an "informative" meeting with civil rights leaders on Tuesday, Manchin told reporters his position on the "For the People Act" had not changed. She was sworn in last month as the commission's first co-chair from West Virginia.
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Republicans see progress in bipartisan U.S. infrastructure talks
  + stars: | 2021-06-10 | by ( David Morgan | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +5 min
REUTERS/Evelyn HocksteinRepublican members of a bipartisan group trying to forge a new deal to boost U.S. infrastructure reported some progress on Thursday after their Senate leader Mitch McConnell told them he was open to such a plan. said Republican Senator Bill Cassidy, one of the bipartisan negotiators. Republican Senator Mitt Romney said other Republicans had also been receptive: "We're talking to individuals one by one, and so far, folks have said they're open to what we're doing." Senator Joe Manchin, a centrist Democrat on the negotiating group, told reporters that "Things are going in the right direction." "Depends on how you talk about raising taxes," Senator Jeanne Shaheen replied.
Persons: Mitch McConnell, Evelyn Hockstein, Joe Biden's, Biden, Shelley Moore Capito, McConnell, Bill Cassidy, Susan Collins, Mitt Romney, Joe Manchin, Chris Murphy, Murphy, Romney, Jeanne Shaheen, nothing's, everything's, Chuck Schumer, Capito, Kate Bedingfield, White, we're, Cassidy Organizations: Republican, Capitol, REUTERS, Reuters, Democrat, Democratic, Republicans, White House, CNN, Thomson Locations: Washington , U.S
Sen. Mitt Romney told Insider a bipartisan group is weighing indexing the gas tax to inflation. The gas tax hasn't been raised since 1993. Republicans and Democrats are eyeing a potential increase to the gas tax as both parties enter a last-ditch effort to strike a bipartisan infrastructure deal. Romney told Insider on Thursday that the new working group was weighing indexing the gas tax to inflation. The White House has previously said bumping up the gas tax was off limits given Biden's pledge to not increase taxes for households earning under $400,000.
Persons: Sen, Mitt Romney, Rob Portman, Democratic Sens, Joe Manchin, Kyrsten, Jon Tester, Joe Biden, Shelley Moore Capito, Romney, Dick Durbin, Durbin, It's, Mark Warner of, Lisa Murkowski, Ron Wyden Organizations: Republican Sens, Democratic, Montana, Republicans, Utah Republican, Iowa, Senate Democrats, Senate Finance Locations: Utah, Ohio, West Virginia, Arizona, Mark Warner of Virginia, Alaska, Oregon
A group of 10 senators announced they struck an early infrastructure deal on Thursday. A bipartisan group of senators announced on Thursday evening that they had struck an early infrastructure deal, though it faces major political hurdles in the evenly-divided chamber. Democrats narrowly control the Senate with 50 votes, and any package requires 10 Republicans to clear the chamber. The package may also omit a significant chunk of climate priorities sought by many Democrats, imperiling its odds of passage. Several Senate Democrats, including Ron Wyden of Oregon, chair of Senate Finance Committee, are threatening to withhold their support from a bipartisan deal if it doesn't sufficiently combat climate change.
Persons: Mitt Romney, Rob Portman, Bill Cassidy of, Lisa Murkowski, Susan Collins of, Democratic Sens, Joe Manchin, Kyrsten, Jeanne Shaheen of, Mark Warner of, Jon Tester, Joe Biden's, Sen, Shelley Moore Capito, , Seth Hanlon, Biden, Andrew Bates, Ron Wyden, Wyden Organizations: Republican Sens, Democratic, Montana, Republican, American, Republicans, Congressional, Finance Committee Locations: Utah, Rob Portman of Ohio, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Alaska, Susan Collins of Maine, West Virginia, Arizona, Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, Mark Warner of Virginia, Oregon
Sen. Mitt Romney told Insider a bipartisan group was weighing indexing the gas tax to inflation. Republicans and Democrats are eyeing an increase to the gas tax as both parties enter a chaotic last-ditch effort to strike a bipartisan infrastructure deal after a month of failed discussions between President Joe Biden and Senate Republicans. Romney told Insider on Thursday that the new working group was weighing indexing the gas tax to inflation. The White House previously said bumping the gas tax was off limits, given Biden's pledge to not hike taxes for households earning less than $400,000. "I actually think it's better ... until the cake is fully baked, to keep the ingredients quiet," he told Insider.
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The conservative West Virginia Democrat is flexing his political muscle and angering progressives. West Virginia is getting a lot of love from the Biden administration. She previously served as secretary of education and the arts for West Virginia and has been married to the senator since 1967. Joe Manchin (R) and his wife Gayle Manchin joined First Lady Jill Biden(C), and actress Jennifer Garner(2ndL) in Charleston, West Virginia on May 13, 2021. She was sworn in last month as the commission's first co-chair from West Virginia.
Persons: Joe Manchin, Joe Biden's, Biden, Manchin, Gayle Conelly Manchin, Lady Jill Biden, Jennifer Granholm, I've, Metronews, Granholm, Gayle Manchin, Jennifer Garner, Oliver Contreras, Vermont Republican Sen, Jim Jeffords, George W, Dick Cheney's, Jim Justice, Donald Trump, Bush, Sen, Tom Carper, he's, Al Drago, Shelley Moore Capito, Democrat Kyrsten Sinema, Republican Bill Cassidy, Louisiana —, Jen Psaki, Psaki, we'll, David Bonior, Bonior, Mitch McConnell, Jim Crow, Warren Rojas, Rahna Epting, Alex Padilla, We've, it's, Padilla, Let's, let's, Joe Biden, Tom Williams, Kamala Harris, WSAZ, That's, Adam Green, Green, Metronews Talkline, Brian Anderson, Elizabeth Klein, Lisa Murkowski, Tommy Beaudreau, Obama, , They're, Jim Manley, Harry Reid of, Murkowski, Manley, Epting Organizations: West Virginia Democrat, Democratic, Senate, Appalachian Regional Commission, West, White, Energy, Manchin, Biden, Charleston Gazette, Vermont Republican, Democrat, Republican, Republicans, GOP, Capitol, Natural Resources, Trump, West Virginians, Democrats, Progressive, of Energy, Virginia University, Steel, Inc, American Jobs, National Energy Technology, Biden's, Coal, Power Plant Communities, Economic Revitalization, Department Locations: West Virginia, Washington, Charleston, DC, Charleston , West Virginia, Vermont, West, Delaware, Arizona, Louisiana, , Michigan, Manchin, California, Biden's Washington, Alaska, Murkowski, Harry Reid of Nevada
Senators from both parties have reached an infrastructure deal they hope to sell as a plan that can get through Congress with bipartisan support. The plan "would be fully paid for and not include tax increases," the senators added. The senators have tried to craft their own plan after infrastructure talks between President Joe Biden and Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., collapsed. While the 10 lawmakers agreed to a deal, they still face a challenge in trying to win support from the White House and congressional leaders to make their proposal law. "Questions need to be addressed, particularly around the details of both policy and pay fors, among other matters."
Persons: Sen, Kyrsten Sinema, Joe Biden, Shelley Moore Capito, Mitch McConnell, GOP Sen, Mitt Romney, Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, Biden, Andrew Bates, Bates Organizations: Republicans, White, Kentucky Republican, GOP, Republican Locations: Utah
REUTERS/Kevin LamarqueHope for a bipartisan infrastructure bill faded this week after a group of Republican lawmakers offered the Democratic president a third of the investment he has sought. An ambitious elections and voting rights bill is on life support after a pivotal Democratic senator shunned it. Democratic legislation on policing reform, gun control and immigration has stalled. A difficult barrier is the log jam in the Senate, whose rules make it hard to advance legislation without Republican support. His announcement on Sunday that he opposes the voting bill embraced by most in his party might doom it.
Persons: Joe Biden, Kevin Lamarque Hope, Biden, , Matt Bennett, COVID, Donald Trump, can’t, Shelley Moore Capito, Mitt Romney, Rob Portman, Joe Manchin, Sinema, Kamala Harris, Manchin, Cory Booker, Tim Scott, Bennett Organizations: Reuters, . Air Force, RAF Mildenhall, REUTERS, Republican, Democratic, Global, International, Senate, , Third, Republicans, Democrats, Biden, White House Locations: U.S, Mildenhall, Britain, West Virginia
WASHINGTON — Democratic frustrations over drawn-out infrastructure negotiations boiled over on Wednesday after one failed bipartisan effort gave way to new talks, with grim prospects of bridging a chasm between the two parties. On Tuesday, Biden ended his negotiations with Sen. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, who was trading offers with the president on behalf of Republican leadership for weeks. Senate Budget Chair Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said he's working to begin the process to allow a partisan vote, even as separate negotiations continue. "This country faces enormous crises," Sanders said, calling the Republican offers on physical infrastructure "totally inadequate." Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., a member of the separate Senate bipartisan group, said it has "made good progress" and hopes to have a finished product soon.
Persons: Alexandria Ocasio, Sen, Michael Bennet, Joe Biden, Joe Manchin, Martin Heinrich, Gina McCarthy, Bennet, Heinrich, Cortez, Pres, Biden, Manchin, Kyrsten Sinema, Mitt Romney, Rob Portman, Chris Van Hollen, Sheldon Whitehouse, Shelley Moore Capito, Bernie Sanders, Sanders, Jon Tester, I'm, Romney Organizations: WASHINGTON, Rep, Republicans —, Democratic, Biden, Senate, Senators, GOP, NBC, Twitter, Republican, Republicans Locations: Alexandria, Cortez, Sens, R, Utah, Ohio, West Virginia
Revamping America's infrastructure is a high priority for Biden, but his proposal has run into trouble in a Congress only narrowly controlled by his fellow Democrats, making Republican support pivotal. Republican Senator Mitt Romney told reporters that members of the group have reached "tentative conclusions" on their plan. Tester said he would be willing to look at funding an infrastructure plan without raising taxes. Romney and Portman said members of the group have not settled on a total amount of infrastructure spending and declined to discuss specific provisions they would pursue. The 10 senators now working on a new plan are part of a larger 20-member bipartisan group, known as the G-20, that includes Capito.
Persons: Mitt Romney, Evelyn Hockstein, Joe Biden, Biden, Romney, Republicans Romney, Rob Portman, Bill Cassidy, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Kyrsten Sinema, Jon Tester, Joe Manchin, Mark Warner, Jeanne Shaheen, Portman, Donald Trump, Tester, it'll, Cassidy, Kamala Harris, Shelley Moore Capito, Capito Organizations: U.S, Capitol, REUTERS, Republican, Republicans, COVID, U.S . Treasury, Senate, Biden, Thomson Locations: Washington , U.S, U.S
Republican Senator Mitt Romney told reporters that members of the group have reached "tentative conclusions" on their plan. "We're not raising taxes," Romney told reporters. Cassidy, who spoke to Biden about infrastructure by phone on Tuesday, predicted that any plan containing tax hikes would not receive enough Republican support to pass the Senate. Romney and Portman said members of the group have not settled on a total amount of infrastructure spending and declined to discuss specific provisions they would pursue. The 10 senators now working on a new plan are part of a larger 20-member bipartisan group, known as the G-20, that includes Capito.
Persons: Mitt Romney, Evelyn Hockstein, Joe Biden, Biden, Romney, Jon Tester, Tester, Republicans Romney, Rob Portman, Bill Cassidy, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Kyrsten Sinema, Joe Manchin, Mark Warner, Jeanne Shaheen, Portman, Cassidy, Donald Trump, Kamala Harris, Shelley Moore Capito, Capito Organizations: U.S, Capitol, REUTERS, Republican, Democratic, Biden's Democratic Party, Republicans, Biden, Romney, COVID, U.S . Treasury, Louisiana Republican, Thomson Locations: Washington , U.S, U.S
A Democratic member of the group, Senator Jon Tester, said he would be willing to look at funding an infrastructure plan without raising taxes though he was not committed to that approach. Cassidy, who spoke to Biden about infrastructure by phone on Tuesday, predicted that any plan containing tax hikes would not receive enough Republican support to pass the Senate. Republicans have shown no appetite for tax increases, having strongly backed a 2017 tax cut law signed by former President Donald Trump. Separately, a bipartisan group of 58 House lawmakers led by Representatives Josh Gottheimer and Brian Fitzpatrick known as the Problem Solvers Caucus released a $1.2 trillion infrastructure framework. The caucus has been working with the bipartisan group of senators, a source familiar with the negotiations said.
Persons: Mitt Romney, Evelyn Hockstein, Joe Biden's, Biden, Romney, Jon Tester, Tester, Rob Portman, Bill Cassidy, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Kyrsten Sinema, Joe Manchin, Mark Warner, Jeanne Shaheen, Sherrod Brown, Brown, you'd, it's, Cassidy, Kamala Harris, Donald Trump, Portman, Shelley Moore Capito, Josh Gottheimer, Brian Fitzpatrick Organizations: U.S, Capitol, REUTERS, Democratic, Banking, Biden, Republicans, COVID, U.S . Treasury, Republican, Thomson Locations: Washington , U.S, U.S
New Talks on Infrastructure Face Old Problem: How to Pay for It
  + stars: | 2021-06-09 | by ( Kristina Peterson | Andrew Duehren | ) www.wsj.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
WASHINGTON—The focus of infrastructure talks shifted Wednesday to a bipartisan group of senators after an initial round of White House discussions broke down, but negotiators face the same hurdles on how to pay for any major new spending package. Discussions intensified among a group of centrist-leaning Senate Republicans and Democrats trying to strike a deal that could spend up to $900 billion over five years, according to people familiar with the talks. So far the bipartisan group has declined to specify how it would pay for an infrastructure proposal. The fresh effort came a day after President Biden ended an earlier series of talks with a GOP group led by Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R., W.Va.). Senior Republicans were already signaling skepticism that the bipartisan group would be able to produce a breakthrough that eluded Mr. Biden and Mrs. Capito over weeks of talks.
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Here's what we're talking about:One thing to watch for: President Biden and first lady Jill Biden will depart for their first overseas trip of Biden's presidency at 8:10 a.m. Eastern. THE HIGHWAY OPTION: Democrats are creeping closer to going it alone on at least part of President Biden's massive infrastructure plan. Biden's weeks-long talks with a group led by Republican Sen. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia collapsed on Tuesday. GOP senators involved in the group told Insider that they supported some ideas the White House previously rejected. Cassidy also ruled out any funding for caregiving in the proposal like Biden proposed, arguing that it goes beyond the scope of infrastructure.
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