President Biden will engage Senate Republicans in further discussions this week as both sides seek a bipartisan compromise on infrastructure, but he appears unlikely to scale back his $4 trillion economic ambitions in the talks.
Mr. Biden and Jill Biden, the first lady, are scheduled to visit an elementary school and a community college in Virginia on Monday to promote his administration’s plans, which include significant investment in education.
Mr. Biden’s chief of staff, Ron Klain, told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday that the president would host a group of Republican senators, including Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia.
But Mr. Klain cautioned that the scale of spending that Mr. Biden had proposed — including a $2.3 trillion package centered on physical infrastructure like roads and water pipes and a $1.8 trillion plan to invest in “human infrastructure” like education and child care — was popular among American voters and that the president would be looking for Republicans to match that enthusiasm.
“I think what we have to see is whether or not Republicans in Washington join the rest of America in broadly supporting these common-sense ideas to grow our economy and to make our families better,” Mr. Klain said.
Several Republican senators said on Sunday…