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Biden, GOP senator talk as time drags on infrastructure deal

Joe Biden
Posted at 7:20 AM, Jun 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-03 07:20:35-04

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has met for nearly an hour with the top Republican negotiator on infrastructure, Sen. Shelley Moore Capito.

Time is running out to strike a bipartisan deal, but they have agreed to reconnect Friday. The president is proposing $1.7 trillion for roads, bridges and other investments.

The Republicans countered last week with $928 billion, and Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell said tapping unspent COVID-19 aid is “key” to reaching a deal. Biden has already sized up that offer as unworkable.

The administration says the deadline for making progress toward a deal is June 7.