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White House briefed on bipartisan infrastructure deal but says questions remain

White House briefed on bipartisan infrastructure deal but says questions remain
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White House officials were briefed Thursday on a $1.2 trillion infrastructure deal reached by a group of 10 bipartisan senators earlier in the day, but it remains unclear whether President BidenJoe BidenExpanding child tax credit could lift 4 million children out of poverty: analysis Maria Bartiromo defends reporting: 'Keep trashing me, I'll keep telling the truth' The Memo: The center strikes back MORE will support it.

“Earlier today, White House staff were briefed by Democratic Senators working on the bipartisan agreement on infrastructure," deputy White House press secretary Andrew Bates said in a statement.

"The President appreciates the Senators’ work to advance critical investments we need to create good jobs, prepare for our clean energy future, and compete in the global economy," Bates added. "Questions need to be addressed, particularly around the details of both policy and pay-fors, among other matters."

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White House staff and Cabinet officials leading infrastructure efforts will work with the senators who are part of the group of 10 in the coming days to address the president's questions and discuss a path forward. Biden, who is in Europe through Wednesday, is expected to engage as time allows with lawmakers involved in negotiations.

The Senate group on Thursday afternoon unveiled its "compromise framework," which would provide $974 billion over five years and $1.2 trillion total over eight years. Sources said the framework is focused on "core, physical infrastructure" and would not increase taxes, though it includes an option to index the gas tax to inflation.

Indexing the gas tax to inflation is reportedly a non-starter for the White House, as officials believe it would violate Biden's pledge not to raise taxes on Americans making less than $400,000 annually.

The Senate group is being led by Sens. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanPortman: Republicans are 'absolutely' committed to bipartisan infrastructure bill Sunday shows - Voting rights, infrastructure in the spotlight Manchin compromise proposal a 'federal takeover of the election system,' GOP senator says MORE (R-Ohio) and Kyrsten SinemaKyrsten SinemaCentrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting Centrists gain leverage over progressives in Senate infrastructure battle Democrats scramble to unify before election bill brawl MORE (D-Ariz.) and includes Sens. Bill CassidyBill CassidyPortman: Republicans are 'absolutely' committed to bipartisan infrastructure bill Centrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting Centrists gain leverage over progressives in Senate infrastructure battle MORE (R-La.), Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenCentrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting Biden struggles to detail post-withdrawal Afghanistan plans Centrists gain leverage over progressives in Senate infrastructure battle MORE (D-N.H.), Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsPortman: Republicans are 'absolutely' committed to bipartisan infrastructure bill Democratic clamor grows for select committee on Jan. 6 attack Centrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting MORE (R-Maine), Joe ManchinJoe ManchinThe Memo: The center strikes back Sunday shows - Voting rights, infrastructure in the spotlight Democratic clamor grows for select committee on Jan. 6 attack MORE (D-W.Va.), Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiPortman: Republicans are 'absolutely' committed to bipartisan infrastructure bill Democrats facing tough reelections back bipartisan infrastructure deal Centrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting MORE (R-Alaska), John Tester (D-Mont.), Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyPortman: Republicans are 'absolutely' committed to bipartisan infrastructure bill Centrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting Centrists gain leverage over progressives in Senate infrastructure battle MORE (R-Utah) and Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerCentrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting On The Money: Centrists gain leverage over progressives in Senate infrastructure battle | White House rules out gas tax hike Democrats introduce resolution apologizing to LGBT community for government discrimination MORE (D-Va.).

The White House last Friday said it was cutting off talks with a group of GOP senators led by Sen. Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Wellons Moore CapitoOvernight Health Care: Takeaways on the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision | COVID-19 cost 5.5 million years of American life | Biden administration investing billions in antiviral pills for COVID-19 COVID-19 long-haulers press Congress for paid family leave Senate confirms Radhika Fox to lead EPA's water office MORE (R-W.Va.) in favor of pursuing a deal with the bipartisan group in the Senate.

Biden originally proposed his $2.2 trillion American Jobs Plan in late March calling for investments in physical infrastructure, broadband, climate-friendly investments and long-term and elder care. He followed that with the American Families Plan, which would have called for $1.8 trillion in spending and new tax credits to assist with education and family care.