Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2021-08-02 09:34:05 –
By KEVIN PREKING and LISAMAS CARO
Washington (AP) — After a significant delay, Senator unveiled a bipartisan infrastructure package of nearly $ 1 trillion, ending several days of painstaking work on an inch-thick bill, President Joe Biden’s top priority There is no doubt that it will be a long discussion about.
The Infrastructure Investment and Employment Act is recorded on approximately 2,700 pages, and Senators may soon begin to amend it. Despite rushing to wait for a rare weekend session, emotions arose when the invoice was created on Sunday night. The final product was not intended to deviate from the general outline that the Senator had been negotiating with the White House for weeks.
“We haven’t drafted this kind of large bipartisan bill for a long time,” said Senate leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y. He said the final vote could take place “in the next few days.”
The bipartisan bill, an important part of Biden’s agenda, is the first step in the president’s infrastructure planning. It demands $ 550 billion in new spending over five years beyond the projected federal level. This can be one of the largest spending in years on national roads, bridges, water services, broadband, and power grids.
Senators and staff worked behind the scenes for days to write large-scale bills. It was supposed to be ready on Friday, but by Sunday there were more glitches and changes.
At the end of Sunday, most of the 10 senators involved in the bipartisan efforts went up to the Senate floor to commemorate the moment.
“We know this was a long and sometimes difficult process, but we’re proud to announce this bill tonight,” said Senator Kyrsten Cinema of the Democratic Party of Arizona. .. The bill “can set aside our own political differences for the country,” she said.
Republican negotiator Senator Rob Portman of Ohio said the final product was “great for the American people.”
During the long weekend of start and stop, Schumer went to Washington as long as it took to complete the vote on both the bipartisan infrastructure plan and the budget blueprint that would allow the Senate to start work after this. Repeatedly warned that Congressmen are ready to stay on a large social, health and environmental bill of $ 3.5 trillion annually.
Among the major new investments, the bipartisan package is expected to provide $ 110 billion for roads and bridges, $ 39 billion for public transport and $ 66 billion for railroads. It also has $ 55 billion in water and sewage infrastructure and billions of dollars in airports, ports, broadband internet and electric vehicle charging stations.
Spending is widespread among lawmakers and brings long delays in capital for high-value goods that cities and states rarely pay alone.
Paying the package was a challenge after the senator rejected the idea of making money from the new petrol tax or other streams. Instead, rally in the red with hawks, such as diverting about $ 205 billion in undeveloped COVID-19 relief aid and unemployment aid that is returned by some states and depends on projected future economic growth. We are raising funds from sources that may not pass. ..
“I’m really worried about the bill,” said Republican Senator Mike Lee.
Bipartisan support from Republican and Democratic senators pushed the process forward, and Schumer wanted the senator to close the vote before leaving for the August break.
Last week, 17 Republican senators joined all Democrats and set out to draft a bipartisan bill. That support is largely retained, with Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, Republicans needing 60 votes to overcome filibuster and advance legislation, to fine-tune the process in the 50-50 Senate. Voted in favor of another procedural vote.
Whether the number of Republican senators who are willing to pass the bill will increase or decrease in the coming days will determine whether the president’s signature issue can cross the finish line.
Republican Senator John Cornyn said he hopes Schumer will give all Senators the opportunity to draft a bipartisan bill and allow amendments from members of both parties.
“We now hope we can brake a bit and take the time and attention to assess the benefits and costs of this law,” Cornin said.
The bipartisan bill still faces the tough roads of House, where progressive lawmakers want a more robust package, but this may have to be resolved to get Biden’s infrastructure plans on track. doing.
The result of bipartisan efforts is Biden’s much more ambitious $ 3.5 trillion package, a strictly partisan pursuit of a wide range of programs and services such as childcare, tax cuts and healthcare that touch almost every corner of the United States. Set the stage for the next discussion of life. Republicans are strongly opposed to the bill. The bill will require a simple majority to pass. The final vote on the bill is not expected until fall.