GOP embrace of $1 trillion infrastructure package could help make a deal: Buttigieg

Senate Republicans’ potential embrace of a $1 trillion infrastructure package is an encouraging sign a bipartisan deal could be reached, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said Sunday on ABC’s ‘This Week.’

“They seem to be embracing the idea that about a trillion is appropriate. So there’s movement in the right direction,” he told “This Week” co-anchor Martha Raddatz. “But a lot of concerns — about things that are not in their counteroffer — they’re really important.”

The White House recently presented a reduced infrastructure package totaling $1.7 trillion, slashing about $550 billion from President Joe Biden’s initial infrastructure proposal. Senate Republicans countered that new offer on Thursday with a $928 billion proposal.

Biden, also on Thursday, said he would meet again with the Republicans in the next week — after the president’s informal Memorial Day deadline — adding, “we have to finish this very soon.” “We remain very hopeful that we can get to a good place,” Buttigieg said Sunday.

“But as the president often says, ‘inaction is not an option.’ And we really are facing some serious time pressure as we look to that” [ABC].


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