Washington (Associated Press)-On Friday, the Senate passed an approximately $1 trillion infrastructure plan. A group of bipartisan senators helped it clear another obstacle and is ready to see what happens in the next few years. Tian’s debate and efforts to revise it can gain support.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (DN.Y.) said that given the support of both parties, the House of Representatives should be able to handle legislation quickly.
“We may need the weekend, and we may vote on several amendments, but with the cooperation of our Republican colleagues, I believe we can complete the bipartisan infrastructure bill in a few days,” Schumer said.
But Texas Republican Senator John Corning predicted, “This will be an ordeal.”
On Friday, the effort started casually. Soon after the Senate began procedural voting, it stopped. Senator John Thune said that Republicans need to review the full text of the bill before agreeing to move forward.
After a while, voting continued, and the deliberations of the bill were passed by 66 votes to 28.
Earlier this week, 17 Republican senators voted together with all Democrats to begin the debate, starting the process of reviewing the bill for several days. This support is mainly held on Friday, and Kentucky Republican leader Mitch McConnell once again voted in favor to promote this process.
However, in the next few days, whether the number of Republican senators willing to pass a key part of President Joe Biden’s agenda will increase or decrease will determine whether the president’s signature issue can be passed smoothly.
Corning said he hoped that Schumer would give all senators the opportunity to enact bills and allow members of both parties to make amendments.
“I’m disappointed that Senator Shu is fit to try to force us to vote on an incomplete bill, but I hope we can step on the brakes now and take some time and energy to evaluate the benefits and costs of this legislation. “Conin said.
Schumer plans to introduce the text of the bill later in the day, and supporters hope to complete the action before leaving for the August recess. Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio and Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz. issued a statement saying that they are about to finalize the legislative text and hope to announce it later in the day.
The senators said: “When the legislative text that reflects our group’s products is finalized, we will make it public in accordance with our bipartisan approach in the past four months.”
The bipartisan plan is ambitious, with additional expenditures of US$550 billion in five years, exceeding the typical highway and public works accounts. Its funding sources may not meet the demands of the deficit hawks, including reusing untapped COVID-19 relief assistance and relying on projected future economic growth.
Major investments include US$110 billion for roads and bridges, US$39 billion for public transportation, and US$66 billion for railways. There is also $55 billion for water supply and sewage treatment infrastructure, and billions of dollars for airports, ports, broadband and electric vehicle charging stations.
The results will lay the foundation for the next debate on Biden’s ambitious $3.5 trillion spending plan, which is a far-reaching plan and service pursued by strictly partisans, including childcare, tax relief, and health care. These plans and services It touches almost every corner of American life. Republicans strongly oppose the bill, which requires a simple majority and may try to prevent both.
On the other side of the Capitol, a group of bipartisan senators and representatives gathered to express their support for a narrower bipartisan infrastructure effort and encouraged House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to pass in the Senate Then vote on it quickly. However, Pelosi said that unless the Senate also passes a more ambitious package, it will not vote on the infrastructure bill.
“I am not asking Speaker Pelosi to support the bill today. I am asking for something more basic than this. I am asking for a vote for us,” RS.D Representative Dusty Johnson said. “Let us vote.”
Democratic Representative Josh Gottheimer, DN.J. also called for a separate vote on the bipartisan plan because “this is what the country wants.”