Biden Tries New Bipartisan Sitdown to Push Infrastructure Plan: ‘I Am Prepared to Compromise’

President Joe Biden met on Monday with a bipartisan group of lawmakers who have all previously served as governors or mayors, as the White House seeks a deal on his more than $2 trillion jobs and infrastructure proposal.

“I am prepared to compromise and prepared to see what we can do and what we can come together on,” Biden said at the outset of the meeting. “I’ve noticed everybody’s for infrastructure. The question is who’s going to pay for it.”

The group is made up of five Democrats, four Republicans and one independent. Senators include John Hickenlooper (D-Colo.), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Angus King (I-Maine), Mitt Romney (R-Utah), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.). House Representatives Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.), Charlie Crist (D-Fla.), Carlos Giménez (R-Fla.), Kay Granger (R-Texas) and Norma Torres (D-Calif.) will also attend.

Biden said he selected a group of former local leaders because they know getting things done. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, also a former mayor, also attended the meeting.

Giménez voted against certifying the 2020 presidential election results after the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of then-President Donald Trump.

Monday’s meeting marks the second time Biden will host a bipartisan group of lawmakers to try to craft an infrastructure bill both parties will support. The White House’s welcoming on Monday of a lawmaker who tried to block Biden’s presidency outright highlights the hurdles to doing so.