$1.2 trillion "hard" infrastructure bill clears major procedural vote in Senate
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.)