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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today joined “America Reports” on Fox News to discuss the latest on infrastructure negotiations and the need for Republicans and Democrats to work together to deliver solutions for all American communities.
ON LATEST INFRASTRUCTURE NEGOTIATIONS: “We are making ground and I think the president acknowledged that in his speech actually last night when he said he welcomes the effort by Senate Republicans to come forward with a plan. He asked for our ideas. Where I think we have major differences of course is the definition of what we have determined and what we believe is physical, core infrastructure: roads, bridges, ports, waterways, airports, rail, and things of that nature, rather than some of the social infrastructure or human infrastructure that he outlined last night…Right now what we’re doing with the White House is sitting down to make sure we’re talking about the same thing here, and let’s see how far apart we really are and what we can do to make up that difference.”
ON APPETITE FOR REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS TO WORK TOGETHER: “I think there’s a real hunger for us to do this together. My sense is that the White House is committed to this. Certainly getting that impression, more than impression, certainly that thought through our numerous phone calls. I feel good about it. I know we’re a long way from getting it over the finish line. We have very open doors on both sides…At any point, the Democrats can come in and say ‘we’ve got the numbers, we’re going on our own.’ Until they do that I’m going to keep going in and fighting for Republican principles and a narrowing of a focus of a more reasonable, commonsense infrastructure package.”
ON MOMENTUM FROM BIPARTISAN WATER INFRASTRUCTURE BILL PASSING THURSDAY: “You mentioned the wastewater and drinking water bill that we are going to get over in big numbers today with Senator Carper and I working on this, encompassing ideas from a lot of members at the same time. That’s part of what our Republican plan was and it is part of what President Biden has in his plan. Let’s not chill the effort that we have here in hopes that we can get this done.”
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