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Photo: Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

The Senate voted 67-32 on Wednesday to advance the bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill.

Why it matters: After weeks of negotiating, portions of the bill remain unwritten, but the Senate can now start debating the legislation to resolve outstanding issues.

  • It was the second time the chamber voted to invoke cloture on the legislation after the first vote failed last week.
  • 17 Republicans voted with Democrats on Wednesday to advance the bill.
  • Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has said that he is considering keeping the Senate in session over the weekend to complete the bipartisan bill.

Details: The deal is expected to cost $1.2 trillion over eight years, and offers more than $550 billion in new spending, including...

  • $110 billion in new funds for roads, bridges, and major projects, $40 billion of which is new funding for bridge repair, replacement, and rehabilitation and $17.5 billion for major projects;
  • $73 billion for the country's electric grid and power structures;
  • $65 billion will be allocated for broadband;
  • $55 billion for clean drinking water;
  • $50 billion for flooding and coastal resiliency.

The big picture: The vote came after Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), the lead GOP negotiator, announced that the bipartisan group had an "agreement on the major issues."

The 17 Republicans to vote favor of advancing the legislation include:

  • Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.)
  • Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.)
  • Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.)
  • Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.)
  • Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine)
  • Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.)
  • Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho)
  • Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)
  • Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa)
  • Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.)
  • Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)
  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska)
  • Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio)
  • Sen. James Risch (R-Idaho)
  • Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah)
  • Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.)
  • Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.)

Go deeper: Bipartisan group reaches agreement on $1.2 trillion "hard" infrastructure bill

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Biden steps into the breach

Sen. Joe Manchin heads to a meeting with President Biden today. Photo: Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

President Biden ramped up the pressure on his fellow Democrats Wednesday, calling a series of lawmakers to the White House in the hope of ending infighting and getting them in line.

Why it matters: Divisions within the party are threatening to derail Biden's top priorities. After several weeks of letting negotiations play out, the president is finally asserting his power to ensure his own party doesn't block his agenda.

Sep 23, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Scoop: Dems seek new green deal

Rep. Stephanie Murphy. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/Bloomberg via Getty Images

House Democrats discussed with President Biden on Wednesday a plan to exempt billions of dollars of new climate spending from his requirement that his $3.5 trillion "soft" infrastructure plan be offset with additional revenue.

Why it matters: The accounting proposal — a version of "dynamic scoring" — would dramatically lower the amount of taxes Democrats would need to raise while creating wiggle room to increase the ultimate size of the package.

House passes government funding, debt ceiling bill

Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

The House passed a bill on Tuesday to fund the government through early December, along with a measure to raise the debt ceiling through December 2022.

Why it matters: The stopgap measure, which needs to be passed to avoid a government shutdown when funding expires on Sept. 30, faces a difficult journey in the Senate where at least ten Republicans would need to vote in favor.

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