Senate Approves Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill, 69-30
On Tuesday, the Senate passed a $1 trillion infrastructure bill by a vote of 69-30 after Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) announced that the chamber had “come to an agreement.”
“It has taken quite a long time, and there have been detours and everything else, but this will do a whole lot of good for America, and the Senate can be proud it has passed this,” Schumer said.
Nineteen GOP senators voted for the measure along with all 50 Democrats.
The bill, though smaller than the one President Joe Biden outlined at the start of his term, still includes approximately $550 billion in new spending, which will fund roads, bridges, rail, water and broadband projects as well as expanding healthcare, childcare and eldercare.
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Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn), who forced a two-day delay on the bill’s passage, slammed the new infrastructure package. “Certainly not all of my colleagues are backing it, and the fact that I was able to stop this infrastructure package, slow it down, keep it from being passed in the middle of the night last Thursday has given us some time to really air this in front of the American public,” he said.
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