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On Wednesday, June 9, Axios co-founder Mike Allen and politics reporter Hans Nichols explored the Biden administration’s infrastructure proposal, from the policies on the table to the bipartisan negotiations to get it passed, featuring White House National Economic Council director Brian Deese, House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee member Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) and chair Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) and United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby.

Brian Deese discussed President Biden's commitment to outreach to Republicans, as well as the importance of investing in the future of American infrastructure.

  • "This is a global race to win the markets of the twenty-first century...I think that these investments are calibrated for the moment we find ourselves in to win that future, to win the clean energy markets of the future."

Rep. DeFazio unpacked debate over the surface transportation bill and various sticking points for both parties.

  • The major stumbling block with my committee Republicans is climate change. They do not want my surface transportation bill to address climate change because they can't say or they don't believe in it...We can work together on a lot of things, but they just will not address climate change.

Rep. Davis discussed the concerns from local officials and county commissioners, country commissioners in his district with regards to infrastructure funding.

  • "They talked about the need for a more certain regulatory environment. They're concerned that they can't get projects approved, especially as we're getting out of COVID."

Axios CEO and co-founder Jim VandeHei hosted a View from the Top segment with Scott Kirby, who highlighted the role of the airline industry in infrastructure debates, as well as their dedication to safe travel.

  • "The biggest thing that we're focused on in the near term is really in the infrastructure bill and what can be done around climate change initiatives. And in the shorter term, how do we get borders open?... [So] we can start to safely open those up, get those parts of the economy cranking up again, get people back to connecting."

Thank you United Airlines for sponsoring this event.

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Climate advocates are set up for an anxious summer

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Infrastructure talks between the White House and Congress have entered a phase that's making climate advocates extremely nervous.

Why it matters: Environmental groups and even some Democratic lawmakers are increasingly vocal with their fears that the White House will jettison central components of President Biden's climate plan during the talks, which could cause the U.S. to fall short of its new emissions targets.

Jun 11, 2021 - Politics & Policy

The best infrastructure deal Biden's gonna get

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The infrastructure deal announced Thursday night by a group of 10 Democratic and Republican senators is likely the best bipartisan bill President Biden is going to get.

Why it matters: It has the backing of Democrats' most rebellious party members — Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) — as well as the support of key Republican senators. The question now is whether the group can convince progressives and the broader GOP conference to get on board, too.

Jun 10, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Bipartisan group reaches agreement on infrastructure proposal

Sens. Mark Warner, Joe Manchin, Mitt Romney, Jeanne Shaheen, Susan Collins and Kyrsten Sinema take a break from a meeting on infrastructure. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

A bipartisan group of 10 senators said Thursday they reached an agreement on an infrastructure spending framework they hope to sell to congressional leaders and the White House.

Why it matters: The announcement comes just days after negotiations officially broke down between President Biden and a group of Republicans led by Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.).

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