The negotiations HAD been close to a deal….
But it appears that President Biden’s ‘Go BIG’ thing just wasn’t gonna work with Republicans Senator’s….
Biden wanted to pay for the Infrastructure AND climate change AND other social safety net things with tax increases….He is under pressure from Democratic Progressives to do more social programs…..And to move ahead without the Republicans as he did with the stimulus package….
THAT is NOT something Senate GOPer’s wanted to hear…
They wanted a slimmed down approach, with little to no tax increases…
(Biden seemed to be moving…But his staff hasn’t….)
They ARE Republicans, Right?
“We thought we had an understanding that social infrastructure is off — they didn’t take any of that off,” said Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), the party’s lead negotiator.
Republicans similarly had made clear to Biden that they couldn’t support tax increases to pay for the infrastructure package, Capito added, only to have the White House reaffirm its plan to raise rates on corporations when it submitted its latest counteroffer. Days later, the senator said the move left her and her colleagues wondering, “Are you not hearing us?”
Earlier Monday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the administration is still in pursuit of a bipartisan compromise — and is open to another meeting with Republicans.
“The ball is in the Republicans’ court,” she said at her daily press briefing.
Asked why the White House is not compromising on the climate-change or home-care provisions, which the GOP rejects, a senior administration official said last week that the negotiations represent an opportunity to demonstrate policy priorities to the other side….