US Senate considers $1 trillion infrastructure investment package

US Senate considers $1 trillion infrastructure investment package

A rare session of the US Senate on a bill to spend $ 1 trillion on roads, railways and other infrastructure, took place on July 31.

US Capitol Building. File photo: AFP

The session comes as US lawmakers from both Democrats and Republicans are looking to advance President Joe Biden’s top legislative priority.

The $1 trillion infrastructure investment plan has received support from members of both Democrats and Republicans. But so far, US lawmakers have not been “visible” to the final draft of the $1 trillion spending bill. As of July 31, this bill is still being drafted.

Majority leader in The Senate Chuck Schumer (Democrat) said the bipartisan team in charge of the bill needs more time. “The staff is still working and they say the final bill will be ready tomorrow (August 1),” he said. Chuck Schumer said on the evening of July 31.

“When the bill is ready, I will recommend it as a replacement amendment and then we can start voting on those amendments,” Schumer added.

After passing a $1 trillion infrastructure investment bill, Schumer aims to push ahead with a $3.5 trillion spending package focused on climate change and home care for the elderly and children. However, this “huge” spending package is said to face fierce resistance from the Republican Party and disagreement from moderate Democrats.

“The US Senate will push for both directions of infrastructure investment before the start of the August session. The longer it’s done, the longer we’ll be here. But we’ll get the job done. “, Mr. Schumer affirmed.

The US Senate voted to select the aforementioned infrastructure spending bill with a result of 66-28. Of which, 66 votes came from 16 Republican senators, 48 ​​Democrats and 2 independents.

The $1 trillion infrastructure spending package, if approved, will significantly increase US national spending on items: roads, bridges, transit, and airports. Supporters predict the bill will eventually pass the Senate and House of Representatives and then be signed into law by President Joe Biden.

The bill includes about $550 billion in new spending and more than $450 billion previously approved. It also includes spending to remove leaded water pipes and build electric vehicle charging stations.

The bill does not include spending on most social and climate change initiatives that Democrats want to include in a separate $3.5 trillion package of solutions that do not receive Republican support.

Democrats hold a slim advantage in both the Senate and the House. This means they must unite to achieve their legislative goals.

In a recent closed-door meeting in the House of Representatives, progressive Democrats argued that the $1 trillion infrastructure investment package was inappropriate, while the Senate could impose changes and make it difficult. chance to become law.

But supporters, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Republican), are optimistic about the bill’s prospects.