Infrastructure Talks Dissolve Between Biden, Senate GOP

Headline Roundup June 8th, 2021

Bipartisan infrastructure negotiations between the White House and a group of Senate Republicans fell apart Tuesday. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), who'd been leading negotiations with President Joe Biden, said the president ended the negotiations on a Tuesday phone call. Biden had recently dropped his infrastructure proposal's price tag from $2.25 trillion to $1 trillion, and the Senate GOP's most recent counteroffer totaled $928 billion; however, the two sides remained too far apart on how to fund the bill and where the majority of the money should be directed. The White House will reportedly now focus on negotiating with a different, bipartisan group of senators.

The news was featured atop the homepages of many major news sites across the spectrum Tuesday evening. Some coverage from right-rated outlets focused on funding for non-infrastructure projects included in Biden's proposal, such as climate change and social justice initiatives. Some reports from left-rated source highlighted how Republican infrastructure counteroffers were always significantly smaller than what the Biden administration was advancing.

From the Right

President Biden abandoned bipartisan infrastructure talks with Senate Republicans on Tuesday over the party’s unwillingness to compromise on raising taxes. 

The White House said Mr. Biden decided to jettison talks because Republicans were not ready to “meet the essential needs of our country to restore our roads and bridges, prepare us for our clean energy future, and create jobs.”

Republicans blamed the president for not backing off on his plan to raise taxes.

“I spoke with the president this afternoon, and he ended our infrastructure negotiations,” said Republican Sen. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, who had led the GOP’s talks with the White House....

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From the Left

The White House is done trying to negotiate on infrastructure with a group of Republicans after weeks of talks between President Joe Biden’s administration and Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) came to an unceremonious end Tuesday.

The administration is now turning its attention toward a broader bipartisan group of 20 senators, which includes Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Mitt Romney (R-Utah), as they continue to seek at least some GOP support for an infrastructure package.

The administration also said it was working with Democratic leaders in Congress to ensure passage...

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From the Center

Infrastructure negotiations between President Biden and a group of Republicans led by Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) have officially broken down, and Biden now plans to turn his attention toward striking a deal with a separate, bipartisan group of senators, administration officials said Tuesday night.

What we're hearing: When Biden and Capito spoke by phone on Tuesday, the call only lasted a few minutes, and it was clear that the two sides remain too far apart to find a compromise.

The two parties still hadn't agreed on how to define what...

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