Tuesday, 10 August 2021 20:06

Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Passes Senate, Faces Battle in House

Written by Jack Birle, The Center Square


...its high price tag and use of deficit spending, among other issues. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-WI, voiced his disapproval of the bill in a statement Aug. 10.


“We need to spend money on infrastructure. We also need to stop further mortgaging our children’s future. What’s so unfortunate about the infrastructure bill that just passed is we could have accomplished both goals,” Johnson said. “Instead, the bill’s supporters decided the public into thinking their bill was ‘paid for’ by using smoke-and-mirror gimmicks.”


The passing of this bill through the Senate is a major victory for the Biden Administration, but the bill still has to pass through the House to make it to President Joe Biden’s desk. 


As the infrastructure bill heads to the House, members of the bipartisan negotiating group are celebrating the victory. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-AZ, championed the bipartisan effort on a Senate floor speech Aug. 9.


“What we have here today is what it looks like. When elected leaders set aside their differences, shut out the noise and distractions and just focus on forging common ground around our shared values,” Sinema said. “This is what it looks like when elected leaders take a step toward healing our country's divisions rather than feeding those very divisions.”


Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, has indicated she intends to wait for a proposed $3.5 trillion reconciliation package to pass the Senate before she will hold a vote on the infrastructure bill.


Schumer has stated he intends to have the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package passed through the Senate before it adjourns for August recess, which was originally scheduled to begin Aug. 6. Immediately after passing the bipartisan bill, Schumer had the Senate vote on moving the reconciliation package to debate, a vote which passed 50-49.


“Once again, congratulations to all of those who worked hard, so hard on this very significant and very important bill. And now we proceed to the second track,” Schumer said.


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