The US president expressed disappointment that, although “he is ready to reduce his plan by more than $1 trillion, a group of Republicans increased their proposed new investments by only $150 billion.”
US President Joe Biden refused to hold further meetings with representatives of the Republican minority in the US Senate to consider plans for a large-scale modernization of the country’s infrastructure. This is stated in a written statement issued by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki.
The President has been meeting with a group of Republican senators led by Shelley Moore Capito (from West Virginia) for several weeks. “Over the past two days, the President has spoken with a number of members of the House of Representatives and the Senate. Today [Tuesday] he told Senator Capito that he felt her group’s latest proposal did not meet our country’s basic needs for rebuilding roads and bridges, preparing for a clean energy future, and creating jobs. He thanked her for her efforts and honest conversation but expressed disappointment that, although he is willing to reduce his plan by more than $1 trillion, the group of Republicans increased their proposed new investments by only $150 billion,” Psaki said.
She said Biden urged Democratic senators to continue working with Republicans “to develop a bipartisan proposal that he hopes will be more responsive to the nation’s pressing infrastructure needs.” During his European tour, the American leader will communicate with senators by phone. According to the information portal Axios, the last telephone conversation between Biden and Capito lasted only a few minutes. “While I appreciate President Biden’s willingness to devote so much time and effort to these consultations, he ultimately decided not to adopt a very robust and targeted infrastructure package and to end our discussions,” the senator said in a statement.