“Now that the Republicans have put forth a reasonable offer, it’s up to the President to do a counteroffer to us,” Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine stated on NCS’s “State of the Union” Sunday.
She argued that the infrastructure bundle will likely be “a test on whether President Biden is truly interested in bipartisanship. If he is, we could get there on the core infrastructure package. And by that, I mean roads, bridges, highways, rails, waterways, and of course broadband.”
White House officers on Sunday additionally signaled a willingness from the President to barter with Republicans on the size and scope of the bundle.
“He knows that negotiation requires comprise at some point, and that he wants to move this package forward in a bipartisan way, if that’s possible,” White House senior adviser Anita Dunn informed NCS’s Jake Tapper on Sunday, including that for Biden, “his red line is inaction.”
White House chief of workers Ron Klain informed CBS News that the administration was “starting to see some progress” in negotiations with Republicans on infrastructure.
He declined to say whether or not the administration and Democrats would pursue attempting to cross the infrastructure bundle by way of the reconciliation course of, saying, “We’re going to take this one step at a time.”
Senate Republican Conference Chairman John Barrasso pointed to what he known as the “trillions and trillions of dollars in reckless spending” within the Biden proposal as a key sticking level between the administration and Republicans, and later implied that some Senate Democrats might agree with him.
“I will tell you, Democrats are also getting concerned, Martha, about all of this spending and borrowing, realizing that they’re going to be held accountable in the 2022 election and some Democrats, publicly, but most privately, are saying this isn’t sustainable. We cannot continue with this reckless borrowing and spending, especially with the taxes, coming out of a pandemic,” he informed ABC News’ Martha Raddatz.
Barrasso, who was among the many group that launched the $568 billion GOP counterproposal, stated the group continues to work “closely” with the Biden administration, in addition to “the other powerful Joe in Washington,” Manchin, to attempt to attain an settlement centered on “core infrastructure.” He stated a $500 to 600 billion price ticket for such a proposal is nonetheless a “massive amount,” and famous earlier bipartisan successes on the difficulty.
“We want to work together on this administration on true infrastructure, and I think there’s a deal to be had,” he stated, after criticizing Democrats for shifting forward with Biden’s $1.9 trillion Covid aid bundle with no single Republican vote in Congress.
“If you really want roads and bridges, come where Republicans already are. If you want to give us permission to do a lot of other stuff, well, that’s a different story. Roads and bridges, we’re a lot closer than you might think,” he stated on “Fox News Sunday.”
Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio stated on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he has additionally been an element of bipartisan conferences on the difficulty, in addition to a gathering with the White House late final week.
“We’re ready to go. We want to roll up our sleeves and get to work,” he stated.
Raju reported that Portman approached Biden after his joint speech to Congress on Wednesday and informed him, “Don’t leave us out.”
NCS’s Donald Judd contributed to this report.