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Members of the bipartisan infrastructure group during a press conference. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

A bipartisan group of senators released full legislative text for their roughly $1 trillion "hard" infrastructure bill late Sunday night, setting it up for debate on the floor this week.

Why it matters: Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) kept senators in town for a rare legislative weekend in order to formally begin debate on the 2,702-page bill. Now the Senate can begin a potentially days-long amendment process before a final vote as early as this week.

  • The bill needs 60 votes to advance in the Senate.

What they're saying: Schumer touted the bill during floor remarks at 9:30pm on Sunday, noting that it has been decades since Congress passed "such a significant, stand-alone investment."

  • Schumer also made clear that as soon as the Senate finishes its work on this bill, he plans to immediately move forward with Democrats' $3.5 trillion budget resolution.
  • Schumer has stated for weeks that he wants the Senate to pass both bills before breaking for their August recess, which is scheduled to begin at the end of this week.
  • As of now it looks like senators will be kept in town for several days longer to complete this work and meet Schumer's deadline.

Details: Last week, the group of five Democratic and five GOP senators announced they had finalized an agreement and released an outline of key provisions in the bill, which offers $550 billion in new spending and will be fully paid for.

  • They then spent the latter half of the week and the weekend completing the bill text and making additional edits.
  • Sens. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Environment and Public Works committee, will manage the debate on the floor this week.

Go deeper: Read the bill.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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Sep 24, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Republicans’ secret lobbying

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

The five Senate Republicans who helped negotiate and draft the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill have been privately courting their Republican colleagues to pass the measure in the House.

Why it matters: House GOP leaders are actively urging their members to oppose the bill. The senators are working to undercut that effort as Monday shapes up as a do-or-die moment for the bipartisan bill.

GOP attacks its own

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Republican super PACs are beating up on the party's own candidates in key Senate primaries while Democratic groups largely hold their intra-party fire, an Axios analysis found.

Why it matters: The negative ads some Republican groups are directing at GOP candidates threaten to elevate damaging stories about them ahead of competitive fights that could determine control of the 50-50 Senate.

Sep 24, 2021 - Health

Manchin: "We need to stabilize" Medicare before expanding

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

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said Thursday that Democrats "need to stabilize" Medicare before expanding the program, The Hill reports.

Why it matters: Progressives are hoping to expand Medicare through a broad social spending bill, which Democratic senators have urged Manchin to support. Manchin's vote is critical in passing any Democratic bill in the 50-50 Senate.