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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

Go deeper

Dan Primack, author of Pro Rata
Oct 22, 2021 - Economy & Business

Congressional Democrats take aim at private equity

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

Congressional Democrats are again taking aim at private equity, but they don't have much more firepower than the last time around.

Driving the news: The Senate Banking Committee held a pair of hearings earlier this week, one focused broadly on PE misdeeds and one focused specifically on PE's role in the U.S. housing market. The former was chaired by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and the latter by Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio).

Scoop: “How about zero?” Manchin, Sanders get heated behind closed doors

Sen. Joe Manchin. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call via Getty Images

Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) squabbled behind closed doors Wednesday, with Manchin using a raised-fist goose egg to tell his colleague he can live without any of President Biden's social spending plan, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: The disagreement, recounted to Axios by two senators in the room, underscores how far apart two key members remain as the Democratic Party tries to meet its deadline for reaching an agreement on a budget reconciliation framework by Friday.

Anti-abortion activists' Supreme Court dreams are coming true

Photo illustration: Annelise Capossela. Photos: Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

This is the moment the conservative legal movement has been building toward for decades: The solidly conservative Supreme Court is about to hear two major abortion cases within a month of each other.

Why it matters: All of this is likely to end with significant new restrictions on abortion and a clear path for Republican-led states to win the next big abortion cases, too — the culmination of a long and bitter fight for control of the judiciary.

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