The U.S. Senate has passed a $1.2 trillion infrastructure package. The bill will be sent to the House for further vetting.
The bill needed 60 votes to advance under the Senate’s rules, requiring bipartisan support; the yeas were 69 and the nays were 30. “It’s been a long and winding road, but we’ve persisted and now we have arrived,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, said on the Senate floor ahead of the vote. “The American people will now see the most robust injection of funds into infrastructure in decades … it’s been a long time coming.”
Schumer went onto say “In a few moments, the Senate will pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill, dedicating over a trillion dollars to strengthen every major category of our country’s physical infrastructure. It’s been a long time in coming. Our economy is number one in the world, but infrastructure ranks number 13. You’ll find better roads, bridges, airports, broadband in the United Arab Emirates than in the United States of America.”
“We’ve heard over the years—in fact, over the decades about the need for us to fix our infrastructure,” Senator Rob Portman, an Ohio Republican who was one of the chief negotiators on the bill, said on the Senate floor just before the vote.
He continued: “To me, not only does this investment make sense, but importantly, what we are doing here today also demonstrates to the American people that we can get our act together on a bipartisan basis and get something done; We can do big things on a bipartisan basis if we put our minds to it.”
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