President Joe Biden will host Republican U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito on Wednesday, the White House said, in hopes of hammering out a bipartisan infrastructure deal to revitalize America’s roads, bridges and broadband internet systems.
The meeting will take place amid growing pressure from Democrats in Congress to move forward on Biden’s sweeping $1.7 trillion proposal, which would not only address traditional infrastructure projects but also address climate change and seek to build up social programs such as eldercare.
A group of Senate Republicans led by Capito have proposed a $928 billion eight-year plan, focused narrowly on physical infrastructure and broadband access, in their latest attempt to broker an agreement with the administration.
White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters that Biden and Senate Republicans have been involved in “a good-faith, healthy discussion” on how to move forward on infrastructure and job creation.
“The president is going to have a conversation with Senator Capito tomorrow to continue those discussions,” Jean-Pierre said aboard Air Force One as Biden traveled to Tulsa, Oklahoma.