An administration official said Republicans never increased the price tag of their offer enough to satisfy the president.
June 8, 2021
Bipartisan infrastructure talks between President Joe Biden and GOP Sen. Shelley Moore Capito are over, and the White House will now focus on working with a bipartisan group of 20 senators.
Biden and Capito spoke for five minutes Tuesday, the West Virginia senator said, the final conversation in what's been a stubborn deadlock over how to pay for a massive infrastructure bill and how large that measure should be. The two sides were about $700 billion apart after the GOP's final offer.
Biden "offered his gratitude to her for her efforts and good faith conversations, but expressed his disappointment that, while he was willing to reduce his plan by more than $1 trillion, the Republican group had increased their proposed new investments by only $150 billion," White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement Tuesday.
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