Senate Republicans Trash Joe Biden’s $1.7 Infrastructure Counter, ‘Further Apart After Two Meetings with White House Staff’

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 21: (L-R) Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) walk to a Republican Senate caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol on January 21, 2020 in Washington, DC. The Senate impeachment trial of U.S. President Donald Trump resumes on Tuesday. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty …
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Senate Republicans trashed President Joe Biden’s $1.7 infrastructure counter proposal late Friday, saying they are “further apart after two meetings with White House staff” than following one meeting with the president.

“Based on today’s meeting, the groups seem further apart after two meetings with White House staff than they were after one meeting with President Biden,” Fox News reported, based on a statement from Republican Sens. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), John Barrasso (R-WY), Pat Toomey (R-PA), and Roger Wicker (R-MS).

“Senate Republicans will further review the details in today’s counteroffer and continue to engage in conversations with the administration,” the report concluded.

The White House barely budged Friday, offering a new $1.7 trillion infrastructure deal to Republicans. The second offer is only $600 billion less than the first and far from the Senate Republicans’ $568 billion plan.

“In our view, this is the art of seeking common ground,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said.

But there appears to be no budging from the White House on raising taxes. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy firmly stated they are not interested in altering the 2017 tax cuts, which the plan presumably still maintains.

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