Joe Biden’s White House is amplifying its push for a $2.3trn infrastructure package with the release of state-by-state breakdowns that show the dire shape of roads, bridges, the power grid, and housing affordability.
The president is scheduled to meet with Republican and Democratic lawmakers on Monday afternoon and can use the state summaries to show that his plan would help meet the needs of their constituents.
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has defended the sweeping infrastructure plan, dismissing what he described as a “semantic debate” over components of the package which some Republican lawmakers have argued were not typically associated with infrastructure.
Elsewhere, former President Donald Trump lashed out at high profile Republicans including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and former Vice Presiden Mike Pence in a closed-door speech night to donors at his Mar-a-Lago resort.
Mr Trump said that he was “disappointed” in his vice president and used a profanity in assessing Mr McConnell, also branding him a “stone-cold loser”, according to remarks obtained by the Associated Press.
Republican officials are trying to play down an internal feud over his role in the party, his commitment to GOP fundraising, and his plans for 2024.
Additional reporting by the Associated Press