Infrastructure Negotiations Blow Past Deadline

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Infrastructure Negotiations Blow Past Deadline
Republicans say they want to redirect COVID relief funding to pay for the bulk of their plan, but President Biden remains opposed to the proposal.
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On Monday, the Biden Administration’s self imposed deadline for “a clear direction” on a bipartisan infrastructure deal passed, with no deal to speak of. 

"We have a couple of paths forward,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Monday. “We don't know what the end outcome will look like, as you typically don't, as a bill is moving its way to becoming law. And there are several paths forward.”

The Biden administration and Senate Republicans, led by Sen. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, have moved closer on an overall total cost for the plan, but remain far apart, with disagreements on where to source the nearly trillion dollars in funding.

Republicans say they want to redirect COVID relief funding to pay for the bulk of their plan, in order to minimize the amount of new money spent, but the Biden Administration says they want to raise taxes and close tax loopholes to pay for the increased spending. 

The President and Senator Capito continue to negotiate, but reaching an agreement might be unlikely for some time, and it's not clear how many Republicans would support an infrastructure bill with a price tag hovering around $1 trillion.