Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) speaks to reporters about the bipartisan infrastructure bill at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, July 28, 2021.
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Senators introduced their bipartisan infrastructure bill on Sunday after months of wrangling, preparing it for passage as early as this week.
Majority leader Chuck schumer aims to rush the 2,702-page legislation through the bedroom before a one-month break scheduled from August 9. Votes on the amendments – or a senator’s decision to delay the process – could trip the New York Democrat’s schedule.
The next few days will be decisive for the president Joe bidenthe economic agenda of. Before the Senate leaves Washington, Schumer wants to pass both the $ 1 trillion infrastructure bill and a budget measure that would allow Democrats to approve a separate $ 3.5 trillion spending program without Republican vote.
“Given the bipartisan nature of the bill and the work already done to get the details out, I think the Senate can quickly deal with the relevant amendments and pass this bill in a matter of days,” Schumer said on Sunday evening.
“Then I will move the Senate along the second path of our infrastructure effort and pass the budget resolution,” he continued.
The two massive bills could then take a while to get to Biden’s office. The House is not expected to return to Washington until September 20.
Meanwhile, the upcoming midterm elections could cripple the business of Congress next year if Democrats fail to pass the bills by the end of 2021.
While the bipartisan plan looks set to pass through the Senate, the Democrats’ two-pronged plan could still derail. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Said she would not pass either the infrastructure plan or the budget measure until the Senate passed both, a strategy that has sparked criticism from Republicans.
Centrist Democrats in both chambers are concerned about the $ 3.5 trillion price tag attached to their party’s bill. Some progressives argue that this would not go far enough.
Democrats and Republicans who support the infrastructure bill say it will boost the economy and provide long-needed refresh to transportation and utility systems. Democrats aim to go further with their second plan to extend the social safety net and curb climate change.
The bipartite package would include approximately $ 550 billion in new spending on roads, bridges, airports, waterways, broadband, water supply systems and the electricity grid.
“Over the past four days, we’ve worked day and night to finalize landmark legislation that will invest in our nation’s hard infrastructure and create well-paying jobs for American workers in communities across the country without raising taxes.” , the 10 Republican and Democratic senators who helped shape the infrastructure bill, a statement said on Sunday.
They said they looked forward to “getting this bill through the Senate and serving the American people.”
To move on to their biggest bill, Democrats will first need to approve a budget resolution that kicks off the reconciliation process. This would allow a plan to pass with only the 50 members of the Democratic caucus in the Senate.
The party aims to expand childcare and paid holidays, increase subsidies for public health care and make preschool and higher education more accessible. He also hopes to extend tax credits to families, encourage the adoption of green energy and make buildings and infrastructure more resilient in the face of climate change.
While Democrats appear poised to pass their budget resolution, some senators have signaled they will seek to cut final legislation.