Senate Majority leader Chuck Schumer (D) is looking to speed up consideration of the nearly $1 trillion “bipartisan” infrastructure package on Monday, promising that Dems would work closely with Republicans in the nearly 2,700 page bill.
Previously the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the proposal tallied in at a whopping 2,700 pages late Sunday after a hurry-up-and-wait rare weekend session. The final bill was not intended to stray from the broad outline a bipartisan group of senators had negotiated for weeks with the White House. Schumer has said a final vote could be held “in a matter of days.” Schumer told the Senate Monday morning, “Let’s start voting on amendments. The longer it takes to finish the bill, the longer we will be here.”
According to ABC News 8, the bill “calls for $550 billion in new spending over five years above projected federal levels — one of the most substantial expenditures on the nation’s roads, bridges, waterworks, broadband and the electric grid in years.” Senators and staff labored behind the scenes for days to write the massive bill. It was supposed to be ready Friday, but by Sunday, even more glitches were caught and changes made.
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