“We think these things fit together,” he said. “And of course it’s not unusual in legislation to take a number of different elements that are part of a related theme and move them at the same time because Americans can’t wait for us to resolve a dorm room debate over which policies belong in which categories. They want us to just get it done.”
Sen. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, the lead Republican negotiator, said that the party has been working with Biden to bring infrastructure back to its traditional roots in transportation and physical elements like roads and bridges.
“We disagree on the definition of infrastructure and we’ve been working with the president to bring it back to the physical core idea of infrastructure that we’ve worked so well on in the past,” Capito said on “Fox News Sunday.”
Capito agreed that the while human and social infrastructure are “great things to talk about,” the line for what is considered physical infrastructure needs to be drawn somewhere.
“Whether that’s roads and bridges, waterways, ports, lead pipes, transit, airports and also the new infrastructure which we must have everywhere, broadband,” Capito said. “Those are great categories I think that we can work together on.”
Buttigieg said there needs to be a “clear direction” on infrastructure in the negotiations by June 7, when Congress returns.