Senate Republicans on Friday panned President Joe Biden’s latest infrastructure proposal and are expected to make a new offer as talks grind toward next week’s deadline for progress on a bipartisan deal.
Speaking after the release of a modest May jobs report, Biden made the case for his robust investment package to push the economy past the COVID-19 crisis and downturn, and into a new era.
“Now is the time to build on the progress we’ve made,” Biden told reporters from Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. “We need to make those investments today to continue to succeed tomorrow.”
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has indicated that Biden will look to act without Republican support if there is no consensus when Congress returns from its Memorial Day break and Democrats are setting groundwork for a go-it-alone approach.
Asked about the June 7 timeline, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Thursday it’s not a hard deadline. “We’re going to keep our options open to see what paths we can move forward on.”
While Biden and the GOP senators have narrowed the price gap between his initial $2.3 trillion proposal and the GOP’s $568 billion opening bid, they remain far apart on how to pay