The largest investment in U.S. infrastructure in decades, the passage of the project would be a key victory for President Joe Biden.
The U.S. Senate will try to complete work this week on a $ 1 trillion infrastructure investment bill that would bring expected improvements to roads, bridges and mass transit systems and provide a rare bipartisan victory over President Joe Biden.
After lengthy sessions on Saturday and Sunday, Senate negotiators announced they had finished drafting a 2,702-page bill, which was introduced immediately, clearing the way for senators to discuss the amendments.
“It’s been decades – decades – since Congress has made such a significant and independent investment,” a Senate Majority Leader, Chuck Schumer, said in the Senate plan.
“In the end, the bipartisan group of senators produced a bill that will dedicate substantial resources to repairing, maintaining and upgrading our nation’s physical infrastructure,” the Democratic leader added.
The legislation, if enacted, would be the largest investment in American infrastructure in decades.
His passage would mark a great victory for Biden, a Democrat, and deeply divided Congress. It would have come on the heels of an economic stimulus of $ 1.9 trillion and coronavirus aid bill that was enacted earlier this year without Republican support.
It would also be clear the way for Democrats, acting without Republican support, to begin work on a budget framework that would outline plans for a $ 3.5 billion “human infrastructure” bill.
This project would raise federal dollars to fight climate change, help millions of immigrants gain legal protections and fund an expansion of health care, even for seniors in need of home care.
The Senate first needs to put the finishing touches on the infrastructure bill, which aims to strengthen the nation’s old roads, bridges and railroads and expand high-speed Internet access in the US. rural areas where economies have been plagued by old technologies.
The legislation also helps build a national network of electric vehicle charging stations and replace lead water pipes, albeit at lower levels than those Biden had initially sought.
In a rare sign of bipartisanship last week, the initiative gained the first support of enough Republicans to start the debate on the bill. Aside from the surprise developments, the bill could be ready for a final vote as early as this week, according to some senators.
On Monday, three Republican senators – John Cornyn, Rick Scott and Martha Blackburn – criticized the infrastructure project, saying they didn’t have adequate time to consider and discuss it with one of the ways to get it funded.
“Democrats are rushing [through] an infrastructure bill that no one has had a chance to read, “Blackburn said in a Twitter post. None of these three Republican senators had supported the bill in previous procedural votes.
U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell also warned Democrats Monday to impose an artificial timetable on the bill, saying consideration of the measure would require a robust amendment process.