Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Race For Infrastructure Stalls Before Memorial Day

 Lawmakers are heading toward the congressional Memorial Day break with little sign of progress in negotiations over a massive infrastructure package. The White House offered a counterproposal on Friday, but Republicans quickly rejected the offer. Shelley Moore Capito, the ranking member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said the two sides “seem further apart after two meetings with White House staff than they were after one meeting” with President Joe Biden.  

The $1.7 trillion White House proposal reduced spending to the levels suggested by Republicans. Broadband funding was cut to $65 billion from the original $100 billion, matching the GOP offer, Inside Towers reported yesterday. “We believe we can still achieve universal access to affordable high-speed internet at your lower funding level, though it will take longer,” the White House said in a memo. Continue Reading

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