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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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Democrats unveil voting rights compromise bill

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Senate Democrats on Tuesday introduced a pared-down voting bill — with support from both progressive and centrist wings of the party — aimed at expanding voter access and countering nationwide Republican-led efforts to alter election laws.

Why it matters: The Freedom to Vote Act is the product of negotiations overseen by Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and was built from a framework put forward by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), whose vote is crucial to Democratic efforts to advance legislation in the chamber.

Sep 15, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Democrats plot debt-limit options

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer leave the U.S. Capitol this week. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Democratic leadership in the House and Senate are working on a short-term funding bill — which needs to pass before Oct. 1 to avoid a government shutdown — that includes a debt-limit increase.

Why it matters: The country will default on its debt in October for the first time in U.S. history if Congress doesn't increase the federal debt limit. Republicans and Democrats have entered a standoff — daring the other side to blink.

GOP Rep. Gonzalez retires in face of Trump-backed primary

Ohio Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R) Photographer: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Ohio Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R) announced his retirement on Thursday, declining to run against a Trump-backed primary challenger in 2022.

Why it matters: Gonzalez has suffered politically since siding with House Democrats to impeach the 45th president after the Capitol riot.