After failure of infrastructure talks, two options for Biden
The end of negotiations comes just as Biden prepares to leave on his first trip abroad as president, a move that will take him to the UK, Belgium and Switzerland over the next week.
But Biden said on Tuesday he would be in contact with that group by phone while in Europe. He has appointed his unofficial employment cabinet, which includes Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, Energy Secretary Jennifer M. Granholm, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia L. Fudge, Labor Secretary Marty Walsh and Commerce Secretary Gina M. Raimondo, as well as White House aides including Steve Ricchetti, Louisa Terrell and Brian Deese will meet with the group in person to continue these discussions.
Republicans involved in the talks that ended Tuesday said the administration had done little to undermine its broad vision for infrastructure, which included not only roads and bridges, but $ 400 billion for them. home and community care for the elderly.
“He never really moved towards us, in terms of basic infrastructure,” said one of the GOP negotiators, Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming. “He’s had a lot of blanket calls for things the American people don’t think of as infrastructure, and he’s never backed down from his desire to keep pushing taxes.”
The failed talks come just a day before the House transport and infrastructure committee set to hike a five-year, $ 547 billion freeway bill without GOP support. The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee unanimously approved its own $ 312.4 billion plan on May 26. The highway bill is seen as the cornerstone of Biden’s larger plan, and lawmakers have expressed hope that it could be part of the larger plan that passes on a bipartisan basis.