On Wednesday, the Senate voted 67-32 to approve deliberation concerning a bipartisan infrastructure deal.
Leading the Republican senators was Rob Portman, upon the decision, he said, “We now have an agreement on the major issues. We are prepared to move forward. We look forward to moving ahead. And having the opportunity to have a healthy debate here.” The Biden administration’s trillion-dollar infrastructure package has been in development for months.
In April, lawmakers were quarreling over the definition of infrastructure, with President Biden suggesting the definition is “evolving.” Within the Democrat Party, the definition of infrastructure ranges from building roads and bridges to providing green transportation and child care. Whereas Republicans maintain a conservative definition and suggest the Democrats’ demands are “a ‘kitchen sink’ of wasteful progressive demands.”
By June, FBA reported, “The infrastructure deal, presented to the White House by five Democratic and five Republican senators proposes $1.2 trillion in core infrastructure spending on items such as roads, bridges, and waterways. Democrats who have said their willingness to advance the infrastructure package depends on whether a second, $6 trillion spending package, focused on other Democratic ‘human infrastructure’ priorities, including child care and housing, can also get passed in Congress.” Senators have yet to make the final vote, as the bill is not finalized and negotiations are ongoing.
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