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Bipartisan infrastructure pact clears key Senate vote after breakthrough in talks

By Curt Anderson
July 28, 2021 4:44 pm
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Not too shabby!

Measure has White House support. Portman, Sinema say all significant disagreements have been resolved around roughly $1 trillion package.

(WaPo) Senate Democrats and Republicans banded together on Wednesday to advance a roughly $1 trillion proposal to improve the countryís aging infrastructure, overcoming months of political deadlock on one of President Bidenís signature economic policy priorities.

The day of breakthroughs began with news of a deal, as a bipartisan bloc of 10 negotiators coalesced around a package to upgrade the nationís roads, bridges, pipes, ports and Internet connections. The announcement from some of the groupís leaders, including Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), capped off a series of frenetic talks that nearly collapsed amid behind-the-scenes battles about the new spending and how to pay for it.

Senate takes up $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure deal, signaling a breakthrough for a top Biden priority.

(NY Times) The Senate voted on Wednesday to take up a bipartisan $1 trillion infrastructure deal, as Republicans joined Democrats to pave the way for action on a crucial piece of President Bidenís agenda.

The 67-to-32 vote, which included the support of 17 Republicans, came just hours after senators in both parties and the White House reached a long-sought compromise on the bill, which would provide about $550 billion in new federal money for roads, bridges, rail lines, transit projects, water systems and other physical infrastructure programs.

While a final Senate vote on the legislation is days away, the test vote on Wednesday marked a major victory for Mr. Biden, who has pressed for the plan for months, and a validation of his faith that a bipartisan breakthrough was possible even in a polarized Washington.


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  1. by Curt Anderson on July 28, 2021 10:17 pm
    Guess who is pissed about the progress of infrastructure deal. Mr. Infrastructure Week himself!

    Trump slams Romney, Senate GOP over infrastructure deal
    Former President Trump lambasted Senate Republicans for reaching a deal with their Democratic counterparts on "major issues" involving an infrastructure proposal, dubbing Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) a "SUPER RINO."
    thehill.com




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