Sens. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., Portman, R-Ohio (seen here in an interview with CNN), and the other senators are going to the White House Thursday to talk about the plan, crafted over weeks on Capitol Hill.
By Yvonne Wingett Sanchez | Arizona Republic
The group of bipartisan senators led by Sen. Kyrsten Sinema and Sen. Rob Portman has reached a tentative deal with the White House on the framework for a massive infrastructure package, Sinema’s office confirmed Wednesday to The Arizona Republic.
Sinema, D-Ariz., Portman, R-Ohio, and the other senators are going to the White House Thursday to talk about the plan, crafted over weeks on Capitol Hill.
Confirmation of the deal from Sinema’s office came after Sinema led a bipartisan meeting with a group of 10 Democratic and Republican senators and White House advisers much of Wednesday.
Senators have not released specific details of the working proposal, which could cost an estimated $1.2 trillion over eight years and include $579 billion in new spending to improve the nation’s roads, airports, water systems and broadband systems. It would not increase taxes to offset costs. The funding sources remain unclear; Sinema’s office is expected to release details Thursday.
A spokesperson for Sinema declined to comment ahead of the White House meeting.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said White House senior staff had two productive meetings Wednesday with the senators.
“The group made progress towards an outline of a potential agreement, and the President has invited the group to come to the White House tomorrow to discuss this in-person,” a written statement from Psaki said.