WASHINGTON—Sen. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia is embracing her role as a potential deal maker in Republican talks with the White House, leading a GOP effort to strike an agreement on improving the country’s roads, bridges and broadband internet.
Mrs. Capito, who met with President Biden and a small group of Republican senators at the White House on Thursday, is now working on fleshing out details of her party’s $568 billion initial proposal, a step that could lead to more-substantive negotiations in the face of lawmaker skepticism that a deal is possible.
“It feels like we’re moving, and we’re moving forward,” Mrs. Capito said in an interview after the White House meeting. Although she comes from a state where nearly 69% of voters supported President Trump last November, Mrs. Capito said most of her constituents are encouraging her to cut a deal with Democrats that could benefit the state’s deteriorating bridges, rural broadband and other needs.
“They don’t want to see a slugfest every time they turn to something important in their lives we’re tasked with trying to solve,” she said.
Mrs. Capito, a longtime behind-the-scenes legislator, is seen by her colleagues as well-positioned to kick-start progress in the talks. She is close to her state’s other senator, Joe Manchin, a Democrat who has indicated that he wants Republican support for any infrastructure bill and has held up party priorities in the past.
Source: WSJ – US News