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Biparty group of 10 US senators said they agreed on a “framework” for an infrastructure package deal, but members did not disclose any details and key leaders on both sides remained silent on development.
According to two sources close to the negotiations, the agreement focuses on “basic physical infrastructure”. The proposal would cost $ 1.2 trillion over eight years and include $ 579 billion in new spending.
The plan would have no tax increase, and aides did not provide further details on how the costs would be offset.
In a brief statement, the group of five Republicans and five Democrats gave no details on the size or scope of the proposal, but said it would be “fully paid and not include tax increases” .
“We are discussing our approach with our respective colleagues and the White House, and remain optimistic that this can lay the groundwork for broad support from both sides and meet America’s infrastructure needs,” said the press release.
The 10 Senators are: Bill Cassidy, R-La., Susan Collins, R-Maine, Joe Manchin, DW.Va., Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, Rob Portman, R-Ohio, Mitt Romney, R-Utah, Jeanne Shaheen, DN.H., Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., Jon Tester, D-Mont., And Mark Warner, D-Va. Sinema has started talks with Romney.
Senators have completed their work for the weekend, so it’s unclear whether there will be any additional updates or new details until the framework is fleshed out.
The group did not indicate whether their respective party leaders agreed with the proposal – a key factor in determining whether this scaled-down approach would have momentum in the equally divided Senate and House.
Progressive Democrats have previously complained about discussing a smaller package and are pushing Democrats to move forward on a plan without Republicans.
The latest developments come two days after President Biden ended his infrastructure talks with Senate Republicans led by West Virginia’s Shelley Moore Capito.
Explaining the decision, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that “the latest offer from [Capito’s] group has failed, he said, to meet our country’s basic needs to restore our roads and bridges, prepare for our clean energy future and create jobs. ”
Biden initially proposed an infrastructure and employment plan worth more than $ 2 trillion, in addition to a separate proposal on education, child care and paid time off.