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President BidenJoe BidenBiden says Beau's assessment of first 100 days would be 'Be who you are' Biden: McCarthy's support of Cheney ouster is 'above my pay grade' Conservative group sues over prioritization of women, minorities for restaurant aid MORE said Thursday that both he and congressional Republicans are making "a genuine effort" to compromise on infrastructure.
Biden huddled in the Oval Office with Sen. Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Wellons Moore CapitoEPA water nominee commits to 'enduring solutions' in confirmation hearing Biden meets for first time with 'Big Four' congressional leaders The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Cheney poised to be ousted; Biden to host big meeting MORE (R-W.Va.) and a group of other GOP senators who have unveiled an infrastructure proposal about a third the size of his own $2.3 trillion plan. Biden is trying to feel out whether there is space for a bipartisan deal, a possibility of which both Republicans and Democrats remain skeptical.
“We'll see if we can work out some, on a compromise on infrastructure. And I know they're sincere about it, so am I,” he told reporters who were briefly allowed into the meeting Thursday afternoon. Biden said that he and the senators would discuss what exacxtly constitutes infrastructure and how large of an investment should be made in rebuilding it.
The president told reporters he is “prepared to compromise” when asked if he was prepared to make an offer below the plan he has laid out, reiterating his openness to change on his proposal.
Capito and the other Republicans have introduced a $568 billion infrastructure plan that focuses on repairing traditional infrastructure such as roads and bridges. Biden’s includes funding for those projects as well as electric vehicles and other technologies to address climate change, research and development and home care.
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