"We face serious challenges on multiple fronts, but I am as confident as I have ever been in the promise and potential of America", he said.
"I'm thinking to myself how blessed and lucky I am to have 18 different encounters and to have walked away from each encounter", he said. Tim Scott (R) on Wednesday with an insult on Twitter, but the Republican senator fired back with a stinging reminder from the recent past.
"President Biden may define infrastructure differently".
Biden also is facing criticism from his left wing, who wanted him to go even bigger on his infrastructure proposal, which he calls the Americans Job Plan. "I want to make sure it doesn't hurt the economy". The senator from SC has been the lead negotiator for Republicans on policing reform - working closely with Sen. "So we're going to have some leverage here".
He added that he does not believe Biden's sweeping $2 trillion infrastructure plan will be popular with Americans once they realize what it includes. A major element running through the proposal is dealing with the effects of climate change.
'The president has said from the beginning that he would welcome any good faith effort to find common ground, because the only unacceptable step would be inaction, ' she said at her daily press briefing. "$568 billion is a lot of money". "And that's a significant investment in infrastructure". But she said the spending should be more focused.
The Republican proposal would include $299 billion for roads and bridges, $61 billion for public transportation, $44 billion for airports, $35 billion for water and wastewater, $20 billion for rail, $17 billion for ports and inland waterways, $14 billion for water storage and $13 billion for safety.
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) responded to claims that he is a so-called "roadblock" to getting the Biden administration's agenda pushed through.
But most Republicans strongly oppose the social programs and liberals worry that a smaller first round package passing with bipartisan support could kill the second round proposal.
"I have not met with the president one time, nor had one conversation", McCarthy said.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce put out a statement this afternoon urging a bipartisan approach. "In negotiations things are always give and take", she said.
Capito today agreed those kinds of negotiations are ahead.