US House Ways and Means Chairman: Democrats won’t propose infrastructure funding source without White House agreement

A key Democratic committee chairman on Wednesday said that House Democrats aren’t going to offer up a revenue source to pay for an infrastructure package until they have a deal with the White House.

“I think it’s really important that we not volunteer a revenue stream until the administration reaches an agreement with us,” House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.) said at a news conference. “And I think that that will provide an opportunity for Republicans and Democrats, after our committee negotiates with them over what the revenue stream ought to be, to get on with what is a sorely needed investment in America.”

He added that he thinks the best path forward is to reach a bipartisan agreement on how to pay for an infrastructure bill “so there’s not one-upmanship.”