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Rep. Peter DeFazio. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The House voted 221-201 on Thursday to pass a $715 billion transportation and infrastucture package, while the Senate continues work on whether and how to pass President Biden's own multitrillion-dollar infrastructure proposal.

Why it matters: House Democrats hope the legislation will be used in negotiations between the Senate and the Biden administration to determine what specific policies can be included in the bipartisan deal announced last week.

What they're saying: "I'm suggesting that substantial amounts of the policy in our bill should be negotiated — by the White House and the Senate and the House — to be part of that bipartisan proposal," House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), the main sponsor of the bill, told reporters this week.

  • "The Senate bipartisan deal is an outline," DeFazio added. "There's no policy attached to their proposal. You have to have policy to do a bill."

The state of play: The INVEST in America Act addresses only some parts of the broader infrastructure framework, focusing on roads and bridges while also "tackling the climate crisis head-on," according to a summary.

By the numbers:

  • $343 billion for roads, bridges and safety
  • $109 billion for transit
  • $95 billion for passenger and freight rail
  • $117 billion for drinking water infrastructure and assistance
  • $51.25 billion for wastewater infrastructure

Go deeper: Biden strikes infrastructure deal with bipartisan group of senators

Go deeper

Business leaders push bipartisan infrastructure deal

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Business leaders across the country are trying to insert themselves into the infrastructure debate, using whatever external power they possess to push lawmakers to pass the $1.2 trillion bipartisan deal.

Why it matters: Axios surveyed an array of business leaders and their statements, and from UPS to Siemens to Raytheon, everyone seems to want the deal to succeed — particularly since it doesn't include tax increases.

Jun 30, 2021 - Health

Hospitals urge Congress not to pay for infrastructure with unspent COVID relief

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

The nation's largest hospital groups really don't want the Senate to pay for its infrastructure deal with funding that would otherwise go to them.

Why it matters: The hospital industry has a lot of sway in Washington, and its opposition could further complicate the deal's narrow pathway to passage. 

Exclusive: White House signals "clean" standard push in budget reconciliation

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The White House hopes to use the filibuster-proof budget reconciliation process to mandate that power companies supply escalating amounts of zero-carbon electricity, according to a memo from two top aides obtained by Axios.

Why it matters: The policy, called a "clean energy standard," is a priority for environmentalists, and the memo comes as activists fear infrastructure talks will leave major climate measures on the cutting room floor.