"We are grateful for the work of Senator Capito and her colleagues on this proposal", Psaki said in a statement on Thursday, referring to Shelley Moore Capito, a Republican Senator from West Virginia.
President Joe Biden is set to unveil a massive spending proposal that includes $6 trillion in government funding for the next fiscal year - an amount that would bring federal spending up to levels not seen since World War II.
The plan would allocate an additional $91 billion to roads and bridges, $48 billion to water resources and $25 billion to airports.
Republicans had lashed out at Biden's original plan, arguing that it consists of numerous "far-left demands", and is not targeting actual infrastructure. "I think that's what the American people think of when they think of infrastructure and that's certainly what we do too", Capito said on Thursday.
The budget is merely a blueprint that each house of Congress will vote on, and will shape the spending bills that the House and Senate try to enact to make the programs reality. Press Secretary Jen Psaki said it was "encouraging" that Republicans "substantially increased the funding level" to almost $1 trillion and that they made "several constructive additions" on roads, bridges and rails.
The Press Secretary, however, noted that the White House remains concerned that the plan still provides no substantial new funds to fix veterans' hospitals, build modern rail systems, repair transit systems, remove unsafe lead pipes, boost clean energy economy, among other things.
President Biden spoke with reporters about the Republican offer, telling them he talked with Sen.
"So we're open to spending some more", McConnell said. Capito today but has not yet had the chance to review the details of the GOP plan.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), did not react warmly to the GOP plan, saying it is not "a serious counteroffer".
Republicans have rejected Biden's proposed corporate tax increase to pay for new investments, and instead want to shift unspent COVID-19 relief dollars to help cover the costs, a nonstarter for many Democrats. The GOP has proposed repurposing unused Covid funds.