Republican Senator Shelley Moore Capito said Sunday that negotiations over a potentially massive infrastructure investment package with President Biden are going forward regardless the disagreements over the size and scope of such legislation, Reuters reports.
Capito said in an interview with “Fox News Sunday” she believes real compromise is possible considering they’re both still in the game.
A group of six Senate Republicans led by Capito have proposed $928 billion to improve roads, bridges and other traditional infrastructure projects, much of which would come from money already enacted into law for other purposes that is unused, according to them.
They’ve been in regular contact with Biden’s administration, whose latest offer in negotiations is for $1.7 trillion and would include federal spending even on projects such as home care for the elderly.
Biden’s administration wants to move the bill through Congress promptly with only a simple majority of the 100-member Senate instead of the usually required 60-vote threshold by using special “reconciliation” process.
Even though Congress is on a break, the talks are expected to continue this week with the Senate returning on June 7 after which Biden will be under pressure to cut off negotiations if they do not show signs of significant progress.
Meanwhile, Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, said he thinks that waiting any longer for Republicans to do the right thing is a misstep.