Sen. Shelley Moore Capito Drives Infrastructure Deal Hopes for Republicans

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito Drives Infrastructure Deal Hopes for Republicans

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

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