State and local officials weigh in on President Biden’s infrastructure plan

Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 5:46 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va (WDTV) - President Biden has ended negotiations with Republicans involving the infrastructure plan he’s drafted.

Senator Shelley Moore Capito says it all ended on Tuesday after receiving a call from the president. “I kept telling the president that we’ve got a victory right here,” said Senator Capito. Capito shared her frustration during a press conference after President Joe Biden ended negotiations with Republican leaders over his infrastructure plan.

The key difference between the two parties is the amount being used for the plan and what should be defined as infrastructure.

Capito said, “we made, I think, a good effort to narrow the definition of infrastructure, to fund an eight year plan of very robust, almost a trillion dollars of spending on infrastructure and we were able to pay for it by the pay force I lines out.”

Capito along with other Republicans in the Senate proposed an infrastructure plan that would be just shy of $930 billion, which Capito says focused on core infrastructure, including roads and bridges, public transit, ports and waterways, and broadband. However, Democrats question why other issues that President Biden has in his plan, such as improving public housing or veteran hospitals and clinics, should be a part of this new definition of infrastructure.

“The issues that are being said to be outside of the bounds of infrastructure simply because they might not be infrastructure doesn’t make them any less important or any less necessary that we tackle these issues,” said Delegate Williams.

Capito said that she would support putting those issues that aren’t traditionally seen as infrastructure on a separate bill.

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