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Members of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus at the U.S. Capitol in December. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The leaders of a bipartisan coalition of Congress members spoke to White House officials about efforts to reach an infrastructure deal on Tuesday, a House aide familiar with the call told Axios.

Driving the news: Problem Solvers Co-Chairs Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) are pushing for a $1.249 trillion bipartisan agreement after negotiations between President Biden and a Republican group led by Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) broke down earlier Tuesday.

  • Their proposal has far more in new spending — $761.8 billion over 8 years — compared to the proposal from the Capito-led GOP group.
  • Gottheimer is working closely with Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), key senators involved in the bipartisan "G20" group Biden is now negotiating in earnest with. 

Our thought bubble: The Problem Solvers Caucus isn't as influential as the Senate group when it comes to striking a deal with the White House, but they will be helpful in selling the infrastructure proposal to their House colleagues. 

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Jun 8, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Biden, Capito abandon infrastructure talks

President Joe Biden and Sen. Shelley Moore Capito during a May 13 meeting. Photo: T.J. Kirkpatrick/The New York Times/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Infrastructure negotiations between President Biden and a group of Republicans led by Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) have officially broken down, and Biden now plans to turn his attention toward striking a deal with a separate, bipartisan group of senators, administration officials said Tuesday night.

What we're hearing: When Biden and Capito spoke by phone on Tuesday, the call only lasted a few minutes, and it was clear that the two sides remain too far apart to find a compromise.

Jun 9, 2021 - Politics & Policy

First look: 90 groups urge Biden to pass infrastructure through reconciliation

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), during a break in bipartisan infrastructure talks Tuesday. Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Some 90 advocacy groups want President Biden and Democratic leaders to abandon bipartisan infrastructure negotiations and instead use the partisan reconciliation process to enact a more progressive package, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: An open letter being released by the group Wednesday morning comes immediately after Biden decided to end talks with Republican senators, led by Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.), and turn his attention toward striking a deal with a separate, bipartisan group.

NEC's Brian Deese says Biden won't stop reaching out to GOP on infrastructure

Brian Deese. Photo: Axios

Brian Deese, director of the National Economic Council, told Axios at a virtual event on Wednesday that President Biden "is not going to stop reaching out" to Republicans to negotiate his American Jobs Plan.

Why it matters: Biden is aiming to strike a deal with a separate, bipartisan group of senators after infrastructure talks — led by Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) — officially broke down on Tuesday.

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