Infrastructure talks collapse

President Joe Biden ended talks with a group of Republican senators on a big infrastructure package  on Tuesday and started reaching out to senators from both parties in a new effort toward bipartisan compromise, setting a summer deadline for Congress to pass his top legislative priority.

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June 9, 2021 - 9:48 AM

U.S. President Joe Biden, left, makes a statement to the press as Sen. Shelley Capito (R-WV) listens during a meeting with a group of Republican senators to discuss the administration's infrastructure plan in the Oval Office at the White House on May 13, 2021, in Washington, D.C. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/Pool/Getty Images/TNS)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden ended talks with a group of Republican senators on a big infrastructure package  on Tuesday and started reaching out to senators from both parties in a new effort toward bipartisan compromise, setting a summer deadline for Congress to pass his top legislative priority.

The president is walking away from talks with lead Republican negotiator  Sen. Shelley Moore Capito after the two spoke Tuesday, but would welcome her in the new bipartisan group, according to an administrative official who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the private negotiations. 

Shortly after the Biden-Capito talks collapsed, 10 senators huddled late Tuesday over pizza — five Republicans, five Democrats — emerging after three hours with some optimism their new effort could create a viable path forward, said a person familiar with the closed-door talks and granted anonymity to discuss them.

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