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Sen. John Hickenlooper (D-Col.) said at a virtual Axios event Friday he is "optimistic" lawmakers will reach a bipartisan solution on infrastructure that "many Republicans will be able to embrace."

Why it matters: President Biden's multi-trillion-dollar infrastructure package has met swift backlash from Republicans, though some have signaled willingness to reach a compromise.

  • GOP senators have met with the Biden administration to discuss an alternative proposal.
  • In his rebuttal to the president's address to Congress Wednesday night, Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) called Biden's package a "big government waste, plus the biggest jobs-killing tax hikes in a generation."

What he's saying: It's the job of "both parties to reach out and to try and create opportunities on specific issues where we can find agreement," Hickenlooper said.

  • "Every 40 or 50 years, we roll up our sleeves and say it's time ... We're going to make these investments that are going to help our country for the next 50 or 75 years. And this feels like that kind of a time," he added.
  • "Bipartisan band-aids" aren't going to cut it.

Hickenlooper also reflected on the Jan. 6 insurrection.

  • "It was my first full day of work so it was a pretty strenuous orientation," he said.
  • While the incident was difficult and frightening to live through, he said that being forced into close quarters gave him the chance to get to know several senators on both sides of the aisle.
  • "People sharing that experience in one room is going to make it possible to be more bipartisan, to find more common ground on things like infrastructure," he noted.

Watch the event.

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Manchin, Collins say infrastructure bill has enough GOP support to pass Senate

Screenshot: CNN's "State of the Union."

Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) said they believe that the massive infrastructure bill has enough support to pass in the Senate, with Manchin saying the chamber should "finish up" by Thursday.

Why it matters: A bipartisan group of senators, including Manchin and Collins, have been negotiating the deal for months and are cutting it close to their self-imposed deadline for passing the measure before August recess.

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Intel CEO sees making own chips as a matter of national security

Pat Gelsinger. Photo: Axios on HBO

Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger is putting the pressure on the U.S. government to help subsidize chip manufacturing, insisting the current reliance on plants in Taiwan and Korea as "geopolitically unstable."

Why it matters: There is bipartisan support for funding the domestic semiconductor industry, but Congress has yet to sign the check. The Senate has passed the CHIPS Act that includes $52 billion in semiconductor investment, but it has yet to pass the House.

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17 U.S. and Canadian missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

Haitian soldiers guard the public prosecutor's office in Port-au-Prince this month. Photo: Richard Pierrin/AFP via Getty Images

Children are among a group of 17 missionaries kidnapped in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, per a statement from Christian Aid Ministries Sunday.

The latest: "The group of 16 U.S citizens and one Canadian citizen includes five men, seven women, and five children," the Ohio-based group said. Haitian police inspector Frantz Champagne on Sunday identified the 400 Mawozo gang as the group responsible, in a statement to AP.