Politico - Burgess Everett
An administration official said Republicans never increased the price tag of their offer enough to satisfy the president.
Biden and Capito spoke for five minutes Tuesday, the West Virginia senator said, the final conversation in what's been a stubborn deadlock over how to pay for a massive infrastructure bill and how large that measure should be. The two sides were about $700 billion apart after the GOP's final offer.
The breakdown puts new pressure on a group of bipartisan senators to quickly come up with something that can satisfy Biden's desires and also garner at least 10 GOP votes. After waiting 10 years to have full control of Washington, there's no desire in the leadership suites to see another six or more weeks of negotiations after the plodding pace of talks between Biden and Capito.