Jun 16, 2021 - Politics & Policy
Group of 20 bipartisan senators back $1.2T infrastructure framework
A group of 10 Democratic and 10 Republican senators (the "G20") tasked with negotiating an infrastructure deal with the White House has released a statement in support of a $1.2 trillion framework.
Why it matters: Details regarding the plan have not yet been released, but getting 10 Republicans on board means the bill could get the necessary 60 votes to pass.
- Last week, we called this "the best infrastructure deal Biden's gonna get." We stand by that.
The latest: The Democratic members in the group are briefing White House officials on the plan Wednesday evening.
- Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is meeting with Democratic members of the Budget Committee about putting the budget reconciliation process in motion, setting the party up to pass a partisan infrastructure bill.
What they're saying: “We support this bipartisan framework that provides an historic investment in our nation’s core infrastructure needs without raising taxes."
- "We look forward to working with our Republican and Democratic colleagues to develop legislation based on this framework to address America’s critical infrastructure challenges.”
The statement was signed by the G20 which includes:
- GOP Sens. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.).
- Democratic Sens. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), John Hickenlooper (D-CO), Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.), Angus King (I-Maine), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.).