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Biden signals willingness to negotiate on scope and financing of infrastructure proposal

President Biden and Vice President Harris meet with lawmakers to discuss the American Jobs Plan in the Oval Office of the White House on Monday, April 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

President Biden said that he was willing to negotiate the scope and financing of his $2 trillion infrastructure and jobs proposal as he held an Oval Office meeting Monday with a bipartisan group of lawmakers from both the House and Senate.

The next several weeks will be crucial to the fate of the package, which Biden proposes paying for in part by raising corporate income taxes. With the Senate’s return, several more senior administration officials are expected to win confirmation this week.

Here’s what to know:

  • The federal government spent $660 billion more than it collected in tax revenue this March, the Treasury Department said, as the Biden administration’s stimulus package pushed the U.S. monthly deficit near record highs.
  • Biden is preparing to nominate Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus, a Trump administration critic, to be commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. He also tapped Christine E. Wormuth, who served as a top policy official in the Defense Department during the Obama administration, to be the first female Army secretary.
  • Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) said a Biden media strategy that includes few television interviews and largely scripted tweets raises the question of whether Biden is “really in charge.”
  • Biden said he watched the “fairly graphic” body camera footage of a Minnesota police officer fatally shooting 20-year-old Duane Wright, an unarmed Black man who was stopped for a traffic violation, but the president said he would reserve judgment until an investigation is done.
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Here's what to know:

The federal government spent $660 billion more than it collected in tax revenue this March, the Treasury Department said, as the Biden administration’s stimulus package pushed the U.S. monthly deficit near record highs.
Biden is preparing to nominate Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus, a Trump administration critic, to be commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. He also tapped Christine E. Wormuth, who served as a top policy official in the Defense Department during the Obama administration, to be the first female Army secretary.
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) said a Biden media strategy that includes few television interviews and largely scripted tweets raises the question of whether Biden is “really in charge.”
Biden said he watched the “fairly graphic” body camera footage of a Minnesota police officer fatally shooting 20-year-old Duane Wright, an unarmed Black man who was stopped for a traffic violation, but the president said he would reserve judgment until an investigation is done.

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