Senate Group reaches agreement with the infrastructure without tax hikes – but leaders still must sign off

Senators from both sides have reached an infrastructure deal they hope to sell as a plan that bipartisan support can get through Congress.

A joint statement from Sen. Cristen Cinema, released Thursday by D-Ariz, said a group of ten Democrats and Republicans called the group “a realistic, compromising framework for modernizing our country’s infrastructure and energy technology.” The plan “will be fully paid for and includes tax increases,” the senator added.

“We are discussing our move with our respective colleagues, and the White House, and remain hopeful that this foundation will not be able to establish a wider stockpile of support from both parties and meet America’s infrastructure needs,” he told lawmakers.

The senators have tried to craft their own plan after infrastructure talks between President Joe Biden and Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., collapsed. While the 10 lawmakers agreed to a deal, they still face a challenge in trying to win support from the White House and congressional leaders to make their proposal law.

The senators briefed Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on the plan Wednesday, and the Kentucky Republican was “open” to it, GOP Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah told reporters Thursday. It is unclear now if the package will be comprehensive enough to appease Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Biden.

“The President appreciates the Senators’ work to advance critical investments we need to create good jobs, prepare for our clean energy future, and compete in the global economy,” deputy White House spokesperson Andrew Bates said Thursday evening in a statement. “Questions need to be addressed, particularly around the details of both policy and pay fors, among other matters.”

Bates said the White House would work with the senators in the coming days on a path forward

The White House has faced backlash from progressives who do not want the president to abandon Democratic priorities in order to pass a bill with Republican votes.

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