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Senate Republicans do not offer Biden officials new infrastructure plan

EconomyMay 19, 2021 07:51PM ET
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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Senator Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV) speaks at the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on proposed budget estimates and justification for FY2018 for the Treasury Department on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. July 26, 2017. REUTERS/Eric T

(In May 18 story, strikes reference to Capito spokeswoman referring to White House deadline)

By Susan Cornwell and Makini Brice

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Republican lawmakers met on Tuesday with top officials from President Joe Biden's administration to seek common ground on an infrastructure proposal but said they did not present a new plan of their own.

Senators who attended the meeting with Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said they discussed how infrastructure investment would be paid for.

Senator Shelley Moore Capito, who is leading the Republican effort, announced a counter-proposal of $568 billion https://www.reuters.com/world/us/republicans-unveil-568-bln-infrastructure-package-counter-bidens-23-trillion-2021-04-22 in April, far short of Biden's $2.3 trillion plan. A bipartisan group of senators has discussed a package of roughly $1 trillion.

"I think they're digesting what we proposed and I think the plan is for them to react to that," Capito said. She said no other meeting with administration officials had been scheduled.

The White House said in a statement it was encouraged by the talks and would follow up with the Republican senators later this week.

Biden's administration has said it is willing to work with Republicans but will forge ahead with only Democratic support if necessary. The White House had set a Tuesday deadline for Republicans to offer a new infrastructure plan.

Biden's mammoth infrastructure proposal includes traditional projects to revitalize roads and bridges but would also seek to address climate change and social issues such as care of the elderly. The president said he would pay for the plan by raising taxes on U.S. corporations.

Republicans have rejected Biden's proposal as too broad and too expensive and instead have sought to reach a bipartisan deal that focuses on roads, bridges, waterways and broadband access.

Democrats have floated a two-track approach that would include a smaller bipartisan package, as well as more sweeping legislation that they could enact without Republican support through a process known as reconciliation.

Senate Republicans do not offer Biden officials new infrastructure plan
 

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Catholic Man
CatholicMan May 19, 2021 1:45PM ET
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That headline didn’t age well.
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi May 19, 2021 1:45PM ET
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you mean the GOP's highway funding proposal?  you do realize of course infrastructures mean more than just highway?  that's like proposing some funding for hospital emergency rooms and say "hey look, here is our healthcare reform!"
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Tre Hsi May 19, 2021 9:33AM ET
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I am sure GOP will come up with their version of the infrastructure plan, right after they released their healthcare reform plan we have been promised ever since they started their Obamacare repeal effort.........
Investing Man
Investing Man May 19, 2021 3:04AM ET
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We saw what their ways bring. In my life i never imagined they would go so far against america they would help attack the capital. They are twisted and confused
Catholic Man
CatholicMan May 19, 2021 3:04AM ET
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LOL
Silence Dogood
Silence Dogood May 19, 2021 3:04AM ET
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No one "attacked" the Capital.. You're being lied to. Seek out the actual footage showing Capital Police inviting protesters in.. You'll see.
Roger Miller
Roger Miller May 18, 2021 8:53PM ET
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1. Biden hasn’t proposed anything, he’s only the messenger. 2. Look up the definition of infrastructure, it’s not a synonym for social spending. Rep’s are focusing on actual infrastructure.
danny Levine
danny Levine May 18, 2021 8:53PM ET
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right on. it's all PORK
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James Andrews May 18, 2021 7:44PM ET
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Illigetimate Biden has been a disaster from day one. Dollar worthless, citizenship worthless, war in the Mideast, rampant inflation.. and he wants to spend more?!? I think the GOP wants to let him cram all this through with disastrous results to regain power.
Investing Man
Investing Man May 18, 2021 7:44PM ET
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Lol. 4 months on the job, sure princess
Silence Dogood
Silence Dogood May 18, 2021 7:44PM ET
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Investing Man  The vegetable in chief is a complete disaster.. He has done his best to destroy the nation in 4 months.. anyone with a pulse can see that. better check yours!
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The only plan the repos have is to block any plan the democrats put forward. Abolish the filibuster and cram the infrastructure down their throats, including increased taxes on corporations and rich. Then pass voting rights bills, immigration reform and permanently fix and fund medicare and social security.
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Roger Miller May 18, 2021 7:26PM ET
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Sounds like a Chavez speech from back in the day!
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haha.. aaand the dems were all good Americans when Trump was in office.. lmao - hypocrites one and all fascist dems!
 
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