This still doesn’t get it close to the Republican proposal, they are still nearly $1 trillion apart.
Unclear if the White House is being serious because it lacks the votes for what it wants to do, or if it’s a ruse so that they can accuse Republicans of being uncooperative.
According to Fox News:
Press secretary Jen Psaki revealed Friday that the White House is offering to bring the price tag of its infrastructure package down more than a half-trillion dollars, from $2.25 trillion to $1.7 trillion, as negotiations with Republicans continue.
“In our view, this is the art of seeking common ground,” she said.
She said the new proposal trimmed some investments in research and development, supply chain manufacturing and small businesses out of the plan. It also reduced funding for broadband access to meet the level proposed by GOP lawmakers, from $100 billion to $65 billion.
Republicans had earlier countered Biden’s original plan with a $568 billion offer.
Negotiations are continuing Friday between Senate Republicans and the White House, and Psaki said their proposal will be shared after the meeting concludes.
Republicans have since increased their initial offer and worked in good faith with the White House, a GOP source told The Associated Press.