The Week (US)

Washington, D.C.

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Infrastruc­ture impasse: Republican senators this week floated a $1 trillion infrastruc­ture counteroff­er after President Biden trimmed his proposal from $2.3 trillion to $1.7 trillion. The GOP plan would pay for spending on roads, bridges, and other facilities with unused coronaviru­s relief money, rather than the corporate tax hike Biden wants. “We are anxious to have a bipartisan agreement,” said Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), the lead GOP negotiator. White House press secretary Jen Psaki touted Biden’s latest offer as an example of “the art of seeking common ground,” but Capito said it was still too expensive to gain bipartisan support. Biden has set a Memorial Day deadline for a deal; if the Senate fails to reach one, Democrats could try pushing through Biden’s plan using budget reconcilia­tion. That process bypasses the usual Senate rules and could let Senate Democrats pass a plan without Republican support.

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