The US Senate revealed a $1 trillion infrastructure bill on Sunday night, after voting to deliberate on the deal last week.
Currently, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is 2,700 pages long and requires amendments. However, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer claimed a final vote may occur “in a matter of days.” On July 28th, the Senate voted 67-32 to approve deliberation concerning the bipartisan infrastructure deal, after GOP lawmakers blocked debate efforts.
Republican Senator Rob Portman 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 June, Press Secretary Jen Psaki said, “The President is committed to moving his economic legislation through Congress this summer, and is pursuing multiple paths to get this done.” If Democrat lawmakers use budget reconciliation to pass the infrastructure bill, they can bypass Republican negotiations. Democrats used the same process to pass Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill in March without a single GOP vote.
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