US Senate votes to advance $1 trillion infrastructure bill

Senate opens debate on trillion-dollar infrastructure bill after bipartisan group strikes deal
Source: CNN
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Daily US Times: The Senate voted to begin debate on a roughly $1 trillion infrastructure bill after weeks of negotiating. The vote, 67-32, on Wednesday means to advance a critical part of President Joe Biden’s agenda in Congress.

Over half of the infrastructure bill, which is $550 billion, is new federal funding. It invests $66 billion in passenger and freight rail, $73 billion to rebuild the electric grid, $65 billion to expand broadband Internet access, $40 billion to fix bridges, $55 billion for water infrastructure, $7.5 billion to create the first federal network of charging stations for electric vehicles and $39 billion to modernize public transit like buses.

The bill’s investments in various areas of US infrastructure were either the largest ever or in several decades, the White House claimed.

In a statement, 21 senators from both parties said: “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.”

The statement added: “Our plan will create good-paying jobs in communities across our country without raising taxes.”

The statement was signed by Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Richard Burr of North Carolina, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Thom Tillis of North Carolina, Mitt Romney of Utah, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Rob Portman of Ohio and Mike Rounds of South Dakota. Members of the Democratic caucus included Sens. Jacky Rosen of Nevada, Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire, Chris Coons of Delaware, Dick Durbin of Illinois, John Hickenlooper of Colorado, Mark Kelly of Arizona, Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, Jon Tester of Montana, Angus King of Maine, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, and Mark Warner of Virginia.

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