Shelley Moore Capito

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Shelley Moore Capito

When last we left this interminable soap opera, the White House and Senate Republican negotiators, after weeks of talks, were still about $1.5 trillion apart on an infrastructure deal. Republicans, led by West Virginia Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, had put forward an offer that included $257 billion in new spending, while the White House’s latest offer was at $1.7 trillion. The two sides also didn’t have a settled understanding of what counted as “infrastructure,” and each side’s proposed pay-fors involved stabbing the other’s favorite piece of legislation (the American Rescue Plan for Democrats, the 2017 tax cut bill for Republicans) in the face. In a meeting between Capito and Biden this week, though, we saw real movement from the president: He offered to meet Republicans at $1 trillion in new spending, as well as to drop an increase in the corporate tax rate. Now all Republicans need to do is quadruple the amount they’re barely comfortable spending in the first place and agree to alternative taxes, like a 15 percent corporate minimum “book” tax, that they absolute hate. Do you see this happening? Capito is meeting with the president again on Friday, and the pretend deadline that both sides pretend is very important has now become June 9. The date that you should really watch for, though: whatever day one side feels it can walk away without looking like too much of a jerk.
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Biden to meet with GOP Senator Shelley Moore Capito to discuss infrastructure deal

Washington — President Biden will meet Wednesday with Republican Senator Shelley Moore Capito, the leader of a group of Republican senators aiming to craft a deal with the president on legislation focused on revamping the nation's physical infrastructure. The meeting comes after Capito and her colleagues introduced a counteroffer on infrastructure last week amounting to nearly $1 trillion, which is still significantly less than Mr. Biden's $1.7 trillion proposal.
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