Capito Says Biden Ended Talks on Infrastructure Bill

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R., W.Va.) questions during a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing in Washington, D.C., April 14, 2021. (Greg Nash/Reuters)

Negotiations between President Biden and Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R., W.Va.) on a bipartisan deal for infrastructure legislation collapsed on Tuesday.

Capito said Biden ended negotiations over a disagreement about raising taxes to pay for projects in the legislation. According to Capito, Biden had agreed to a $1 trillion compromise bill, however Biden felt that GOP offers were too low, according to Bloomberg.

“Despite the progress we made in our negotiations, the president continued to respond with offers that included tax increases as his pay for, instead of several practical options that would have not been harmful to individuals, families, and small businesses,” Capito said in a statement. “While I appreciate President Biden’s willingness to devote so much time and effort to these negotiations, he ultimately chose not to accept [Republicans’ offers]…and, instead, end our discussions.”

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