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GOP willing to negotiate on infrastructure but wants improvement from COVID talks: Wicker

Lee Hart, wife of 1984 presidential hopeful Gary Hart, dies

LAKEWOOD, Colo. — Lee Hart, the wife of former U.S. Sen. Gary Hart of Colorado, has died. She was 85.

Lee Hart died Friday at a hospital in Lakewood, Colorado, after a brief illness. She campaigned for her husband during his runs for the Senate and the White House.

Gary Hart in 1984 sought the Democratic presidential nomination, losing narrowly to former Vice President Walter Mondale. He declined to seek reelection to the Senate in 1986 and sought the Democratic presidential nomination in 1988. He was widely viewed as the front-runner until reports of a scandal caused him to withdraw from the race.

Lee Hart was born Oletha Ludwig in Lawrence, Kansas, on Feb. 20, 1936. She graduated from Bethany Nazarene College in 1958 and married Gary Hart that summer.

She is survived by her husband, her two children, and her sister, former U.S. Rep. Martha Keys.

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GOP willing to negotiate on infrastructure but wants improvement from COVID talks: Wicker

Despite many Republicans signaling they do not support President Joe Biden’s infrastructure proposal, Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., said the GOP is willing to negotiate on ABC’s “This Week.”

“I’m meeting with the president tomorrow,” the senator told “This Week” anchor George Stephanopoulos on Sunday.

“We are willing to negotiate with him on an infrastructure package. And this trillion dollar number is way too high for me — I’ll just say — but negotiation has to be something different from what we had on the rescue plan,” he continued.

Ahead of his meeting with bipartisan lawmakers, Biden said that he welcomes debate on his $2 trillion plan but added that a narrowly focused infrastructure bill proposed by the GOP “is just not rational.”

Wicker’s comments to Stephanopoulos echo the sentiment of 10 Senate GOP lawmakers who signed a joint statement on Thursday, accusing Biden of “roundly dismissing” bipartisan talks during his last bipartisan meeting on the COVID relief bill.

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