The negotiations are in acute danger of collapsing after a weekend of fruitless discussions.
Sen. Rob Portman said negotiations were going well: “I just spent all day talking to Democrats and Republicans, all my colleagues, and we’re making progress.” | Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images
By MARIANNE LEVINE and BURGESS EVERETT
07/26/2021 10:48 AM EDT
Updated: 07/26/2021 07:22 PM EDT
Senators capped off a day of trading blame and stalled efforts on their bipartisan infrastructure proposal with a Monday meeting that quickly broke up, signaling a tough path forward as negotiators missed yet another self-imposed deadline.
The core 10 senators huddled in the office of Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), the lead Republican negotiator, hoping to get past a rough weekend of fruitless talks. Discussions are expected to resume later in the evening, though not in person, and negotiators claimed they were still making progress.
Portman said he was still optimistic about a deal despite rejected offers, finger pointing and impasses. He and White House counselor Steve Ricchetti will help finish the deal, negotiators said, with input from the rest of the group.