In a rare victory for bipartisanship in Washington, the parties agreed Wednesday on a framework for a bipartisan infrastructure bill.
According to CNN, the deal is for a deal that’s roughly $1 trillion, and the Senate voted 67-32 Wednesday night to begin debate on the bill.
The CNN report says the bill includes “$73 billion to rebuild the electric grid, $66 billion in passenger and freight rail, $65 billion to expand broadband Internet access, $55 billion for water infrastructure, $40 billion to fix bridges, $39 billion to modernize public transit like buses and $7.5 billion to create the first federal network of charging stations for electric vehicles.”
But what the bill does not include is another round of stimulus checks, despite calls earlier this year for the Biden Administration to include such checks in its addressing of infrastructure policy.
"We are proud to announce we have reached a bipartisan agreement on our proposal to make the strongest investment in America's critical infrastructure in a generation," a group of twenty-one senators said in a statement to the media. ”Our plan will create good-paying jobs in communities across our country without raising taxes… reaching this agreement was no easy task—but our constituents expect us to put in the hard work and show that two parties can still work together to address the needs of the American people.”
In addition to the bipartisan infrastructure framework, the Democrats are working on their own bill, which would pass through the reconciliation process, although the party is still negotiating among themselves as to the size and effect of the bill. That bill, however, is also not expected to contain a round of stimulus checks.
There was no infrastructure bill passed during the Trump Administration, although the administration had expressed interest in doing so, and it soon became a punchline in Washington that Trump would frequently declare “Infrastructure Week,” before inevitably getting distracted by something else.
The now ex-president issued a statement Wednesday, warning Republicans not to go along with the bipartisan infrastructure framework.
“Hard to believe our Senate Republicans are dealing with the Radical Left Democrats in making a so-called bipartisan bill on ‘infrastructure,’ with our negotiators headed up by SUPER RINO Mitt Romney,” Trump’s statement said. “This will be a victory for the Biden Administration and Democrats, and will be heavily used in the 2022 election. It is a loser for the USA, a terrible deal, and makes the Republicans look weak, foolish and dumb.”
Trump did not specify which aspects of the bill that he opposes, although he did falsely declare that crime is “at an all-time high.” He concluded by threatening primaries against the lawmakers who vote for the bipartisan deal.
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