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Democratic, GOP house members pitch new infrastructure plan

From Transport Topics.

A group of Democratic and Republican U.S. House members that is trying to keep alive the hope of a bipartisan infrastructure package said late June 8 agreement had been reached on $761.8 billion in new spending over eight years.

Together with $487.2 billion in spending that Congress already was likely to enact, the total would come to $1.2 trillion, according to a House aide. President Joe Biden pitched a $1.7 trillion package in separate talks with a group of Republican senators, which concluded June 8 without a deal.

The plan by the Problem Solvers Caucus emerged hours after Biden ended that separate line of negotiation, with Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.).

The Republican and Democratic co-chairs of the Problem Solvers, made up of 58 centrist House members, spoke June 8 with White House National Economic Council Director Brian Deese about their efforts.

Democratic congressional leaders face a narrowing path to move forward on Biden’s $4 trillion economic agenda without Republican support as negotiations with the GOP are at risk of stalling.

The co-chairs, Reps. Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.), are working with Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.).

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