その. Capito: Biden 'missed opportunity' to gain 20 Republicans' support in failed infrastructure talks

Capito said she and ジョー・バイデン大統領 broke off their negotiations in a five-minute phone call, which left her feelingextremely disappointed.

“[W]e offered the president basically what he asked us to do the first time we met with him, どれが $ 1 trillion over 8 年, including baseline spending, and that it wouldn’t include a tax increase – and that was our red line, not his,” 彼女は言いました.

The last offer that I got from the president had four tax increases in it. And it also was much closer in numbers than what the White House is putting out right now. So I’m disappointed with that.

ホスト Bret Baier noted the White House claimed Biden never agreed to that initial offer, which Capito maintained was indeed extended.

The president said that to us himself, very clearly … It was walked back by his staff several days later – that’s true.

Capito said the White House staff’s correction or retraction of Biden’s initial offer was agreat departurefrom where negotiations had been at that initial point.

I just feel like we have missed a real opportunity here for at least 20 Republicans to join with the other Democrats to pass the most robust infrastructure package that we could have,” 彼女は付け加えた. “And I’m still very dedicated to it and will be working through my committee to see that we at least get the legislation to back this up.

She noted that Biden proffered at least two stipulations that she found quite problematic – one of which was his definition of infrastructure reportedly being detached from strictly “物理的” infrastructure items like roads, bridges, internet, and commercial hubs like airports and rail depots.

The other reportedly entailed ending fossil fuel incentives, despite the industry being an important employment base in Capito’s state.

“[Y]ou can imagine being from West Virginia I was a bit dumbfounded,” 彼女は言いました.

The president still had schools and [VeteransAffairs] and housing and other things that universally are … not thought of as core physical infrastructure – so we were still not definitionally in the right place,” she added regarding the second point.

The lawmaker also commented on the fact that a second bipartisan group which includes 意味. ジョー・マンチン, D-WV., キルステンシネマ, D-Ariz., Bill Cassidy, R-La。, ミット・ロムニー, R-Utah and Rob Portman, R-オハイオ, are on a second “追跡” that is also negotiating infrastructure funding.

“おもう, 明らかに, the news of that came out 10 days ago when I was in the midst of negotiating with the president on behalf of Republicans in a robust bipartisan agreement that we were hoping to get toif there is something else out there that looks better, sometimes that’s a distraction,” 彼女は言いました. “And that’s disappointing to me in some sense, はい。”

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