President Joe Biden and GOP Sen. Shelley Moore Capito walked away from their weeks long infrastructure negotiations, according to an administration official, and the president will now focus on working with a bipartisan group of 20 U.S. Senators. The administration also has the option of pushing for a package through budget reconciliation, but Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) has expressed his opposition to the move, leaving Democrats at least one vote short without Republican support.
An administration official said Biden never agreed to shift coronavirus relief funds to pay for infrastructure – a major GOP request – and that Republicans never increased the price tag of their offer enough to satisfy Biden, who sought at least $1 trillion in new spending over current infrastructure spending levels.
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The construction industry shut down for a few months last year during the pandemic — but was quickly deemed essential, allowing paused projects to continue. But in that short time, the sector lost more than 1 million workers. The industry has recouped nearly 80% of its workforce since then, but is still down 238,000 workers from pre-pandemic levels as of June, according to the Labor Department.
The Biden administration released an executive order last Friday on promoting competition in the American economy that continues the president’s efforts to push for passage of the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act.