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Senate advances infrastructure deal

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (left) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer at a White House luncheon on Wednesday Associated Press/Photo by J. Scott Applewhite

Senate advances infrastructure deal

Lead Republican negotiator Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio left a meeting with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky with news that a bipartisan group had reconciled all major differences on a $1 trillion spending plan. In the Wednesday evening test poll, Senators voted 67-32 to move forward with the infrastructure deal. Supporters included all 50 Democrats and 17 Republicans. The vote allows the Senate to start formal consideration of the plan.

What is in the deal? The first phase designates about $600 billion for spending on highways, transit, broadband access, and other public works projects. The bipartisan negotiators have not clarified how they plan to pay for the deal, but Portman assured constituents that the plan is “more than paid for.” Republicans and Democrats have split over how much should go toward transit and broadband.

Dig deeper: Listen to Mary Reichard discuss bipartisan infrastructure efforts with policy expert Brian Riedl.

Editor's note: WORLD has updated this report since its original posting.

Carolina Lumetta

Carolina is a reporter for WORLD Digital. She is a World Journalism Institute and Wheaton College graduate. She resides in Harrisburg, Pa.



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Portman, a “Republican,” assures us this (another!) huge spending bill is “more than paid for.” Sure. You guys just took out yet another loan in our names. What did we mortgage this time? The cows? Naw, we put them up for security at least 3 loans back. House and car was in the govt’s name way before that. Also our kids’ and grandkids’ houses.

“Republicans,” it appears you’ve decided that “fiscal responsibility” means squawking a little about Dem spending proposals, then rolling over and signing. They put something the Nation absolutely must have in a bill with the liberals’ pet causes, and you figure you can’t vote against it. They’re playing you like a cheap fiddle, as my Granddad would say.

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