Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Biden terminates infrastructure talks with Republicans, without an agreement

Mr. Biden planned to continue with the members of the group while traveling to Europe this week for the Group 7 summit, Ms. Psaki said and Steve Ricchetti, his counselor, sent; Louisa Terrell, its head of legislative affairs; and Brian Deese, its director of the National Economic Council, to hold talks while he was away.

Mrs. Terrell and Mr. Deese also had contact with members of the House of Representatives Problem Solvers Caucus, including representatives Josh Gottheimer, a Democrat from New Jersey, and Brian Fitzpatrick, a Republican from Pennsylvania, about an infrastructure plan. Mr. Gottheimer keeps in touch with mr. Cassidy and Mrs. Cinema.

Members of the Senate group, who want to position themselves as a catalyst for compromises in an evenly divided chamber, have been quietly discussing their own framework for an infrastructure agreement for weeks. Not long after Mrs. Capito reluctantly announced that her talks with Mr. Bids were not shut down, they stole to a cramped basement office to gather between voices and discuss their alternative further.

“I’m trying to figure out a way we can get an infrastructure package that can find support, so let’s make it happen,” said Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a Republican from Alaska. “Around this place there are a lot of things that seem to be dead that get a life of their own afterwards.”

However, it remains unclear whether the group can successfully bridge the separation that derailed the talks with Ms Capito. Mr. Biden has repeatedly proposed raising taxes to pay for the plan, and has set out a comprehensive economic agenda that broadens the traditional definition of infrastructure, beyond core physical projects, which Republicans have repeatedly rejected.

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Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming, one of the Republicans who early in the negotiations with Mr. Biden met, accusing the White House of giving feedback on what Republicans considered the most important early concessions.

“The closest we ever were was the day we were with the president in the oval office,” he said. Barrasso said. He predicted that Mr. Biden would have no luck working with the two-party group.

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