WASHINGTON—President Biden was set on Friday to speak with a Senate Republican leading efforts to reach a compromise on infrastructure legislation, after the president proposed a narrower $1 trillion package and alternative ways to pay for the measure.
Mr. Biden’s afternoon conversation with Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R., W.Va.) comes as the Biden administration and Senate Republicans remain at odds over core issues in the negotiations, including the size and scope of the bill, and how to pay for it.
Asked about Friday’s meeting, Mr. Biden told reporters earlier Friday, “I’m going to be having a talk this afternoon and I’ll be able to report to you after that.” He didn’t say whether he expected to receive a counteroffer from Mrs. Capito, which Republicans have said could come Friday.
Mr. Biden is facing pressure from members of his own party as the negotiations drag on, with moderates urging him to find compromise with Republicans and progressives pushing him to use a budgetary maneuver to pass legislation without GOP support.
Some liberal House Democrats said they were concerned that Mr. Biden is making concessions they view as too large.