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Senate Passes Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill but still Faces House Hurdles

On Tuesday, August 10, 2021, the Senate by a 69-30 vote passed along the $550 billion infrastructure plan bill to the House, where its fate is in the hands of the fractious Democratic caucus. Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) — who’s under pressure from progressives who want their priorities addressed — has said she will not allow a vote on the bipartisan package (H.R. 3684) until the Senate has passed the broader economic budget plan. Five leaders of the House Blue Dog Coalition, a group of fiscally conservative Democrats, issued a statement Tuesday calling for Pelosi to swiftly bring the infrastructure bill to a vote. The Blue Dog co-chairs said they “remain opposed to any effort to unnecessarily delay consideration of these critical infrastructure investments, which will create good-paying jobs, keep American businesses competitive, and grow our nation’s economy.” The bipartisan infrastructure package includes $110 billion in new spending on roads and bridges, $73 billion for electric grid updates and $66 billion for rail and Amtrak. There is also funding for expansion of broadband service in rural areas and upgrades to drinking water systems through replacement of dangerous lead pipes.

August 12, 2021

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