Senators, White House in crunch time on infrastructure deal
July 28, 2021
WASHINGTON - Time running short, senators and the White House worked furiously Tuesday to salvage a bipartisan infrastructure deal, with pressure intensifying on all sides to wrap up talks on President Joe Biden's top priority.
Despite weeks of closed-door discussions, several issues are still unresolved over the nearly $1 trillion package. Spending on public transit remains in question and a new dispute flared over the regulation of broadband access. Patience was running thin as senators accused one another of shifting the debate and picking fights over issues that had already been resolved.
Still, all sides - the White House, Republicans and Democrats - sounded upbeat that an accord was within reach as senators braced for a possible weekend session to finish the deal. No new deadlines were set.