The bipartisan infrastructure deal that President Joe Biden hopes to reach with Republicans gained steam this week, after Biden displayed willingness to narrow the scope of the bill to traditional infrastructure items and to compromise on various ways to pay for them.
In meetings at the White House with key Democratic and Republican senators, the president made it clear that he is willing to divide his mammoth infrastructure proposal, the $2.3 trillion American Jobs Plan, into separate bills in order to pass the first part of the package with bipartisan support in the Senate.
“I want to get a bipartisan deal on as much as we can get a bipartisan deal on,” Biden told MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell in an interview Wednesday. “That means roads, bridges, broadband, all infrastructure.”
“Let’s see if we can get an agreement to kickstart this, and then fight over what’s left, and see if I can get it done without Republicans, if need be,” said Biden.