Sequel to Joe Biden’s and Republican Senator, Shelley Moore’s discussion on Wednesday about revitalizing U.S. infrastructure, the White House said the duo had agreed to converse again on Friday.
Biden and Senate Republicans remain hundreds of billions of dollars apart in their proposals, largely because the Democratic president has a more sweeping definition of infrastructure that includes funding for schools and home healthcare in addition to roads, bridges and other physical assets.
The two parties have been inching closer in recent weeks. Capito, the lead Senate Republican negotiator, unveiled last week a $928 billion counteroffer to Biden’s $1.7 trillion proposal.
Wednesday’s meeting at the Oval Office came as Biden faces pressure from some Democrats in Congress to move forward with the administration’s plans but the president and his top aides have said they prefer a bipartisan ideal on infrastructure.
Speaking on the early conversation, a White House official said “Biden and Capito had a constructive and frank discussion about the issue” while spokeswoman for Capito said “the senator is encouraged that negotiations have continued.”