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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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Nov 5, 2021 - Politics & Policy

First look: Heritage Action takes aim at Murkowski

Heritage Action for America, a conservative 501(c)(4), is taking its first shots at an incumbent Republican senator this cycle, hitting Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) with full-page ads for supporting voting rights legislation, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: Heritage Action, which can raise unlimited donations, has been engaged in contentious cultural issues, like criticizing Major League Baseball for moving its All-Star Game, as well as the broader debate about voting rights.

Poll: Manchin knots Democratic lifelines

Photo illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios. Photo: Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

A new survey conducted by Harvard University and The Harris Poll gives Democrats a road map to get back in voters' good graces. The challenge is that Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) stands in the way of two of the most popular routes.

Why it matters: Democrats are feeling immense pressure to turn voter sentiment around after Tuesday's abysmal election results. Yet two of their most popular policy ideas — expanding Medicare benefits and implementing paid leave — are opposed by Manchin.

Biden urges lawmakers to "vote yes right now" on infrastructure, social spending bills

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President Biden urged lawmakers to vote in favor of his $1.75 trillion social spending bill and $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, as Democratic leadership pushed for votes on both bills Friday.

What he's saying: "I'm asking every ... member of the House of Representatives to vote yes on both of these bills right now. Send the infrastructure bill to my desk. Send the Build Back Better bill to the Senate," Biden said.

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