Senate looks to vote on infrastructure as soon as July 19

0
16
Senate looks to vote on infrastructure as soon as July 19

The $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill could come to the Senate floor as soon as July 19, sources confirmed to The Post on Wednesday. 

The potential vote comes as Democrats look to pass a second sweeping infrastructure bill progressives have advocated for despite Republican pushback. 

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has indicated the House would not take up the bipartisan deal without the Senate passing a reconciliation bill allowing for Democrats to pass a more extensive passage by bypassing the filibuster in the upper chamber.

Democrats in both chambers have said they would like to see an infrastructure measure passed by the end of July. 

A group of bipartisan senators hashed out a $1.2 trillion plan to address hard infrastructure, which would be spent over the course of eight years. 

The compromise plan includes $579 billion in new spending, with $300 billion which would be allocated toward transportation, and $250 billion which would go toward broadband, power and water infrastructure.

President Joe Biden delivers remarks on infrastructure spending at McHenry County College, Wednesday, July 7, 2021
President Joe Biden delivers remarks on infrastructure spending at McHenry County College on July 7, 2021.
AP Photo/Evan Vucci

The bipartisan framework — led by Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) — has been endorsed by the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus in the House. 

President Biden previously indicated support of the bipartisan plan, later backtracking over whether he would sign the bill into law without a larger companion bill. He later clarified that he would sign the compromise bill without a reconciliation package following strong pushback from the GOP. 

Source link