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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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Oct 26, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Scoop: Biden plan expected to include at least $500B for climate

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The White House is privately telling lawmakers the climate portion of President Biden's roughly $2 trillion social spending plan is "mostly settled" and will likely cost more than $500 billion, two sources familiar with the talks tell Axios.

Why it matters: A price tag of $500 billion to $555 billion is a huge number and, if it holds, would likely be the single biggest component of the sweeping package. It also isn't far off from the roughly $600 billion proposed when the bill was expected to cost $3.5 trillion.

Texas House probes school library books dealing with race and sexuality

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Texas state Rep. Matt Krause (R), chair of the Texas House Committee on General Investigating, announced Wednesday that he's initiating a probe into schools' library books, according to a letter sent to the state's education agency and other superintendents.

Why it matters: The probe focuses on books that discuss race, sexuality, or "make students feel discomfort, guilt, anguish, or any other form of psychological distress because of their race or sex," Krause wrote in the letter.

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Iran agrees to resume Vienna nuclear talks in November

Ali Bagheri (R) with Enrique Mora in Tehran on Oct. 14. Photo: Iranian Foreign Ministry handout via Getty

Iran's new chief nuclear negotiator said following a meeting in Brussels on Wednesday that Iran would resume negotiations in Vienna before the end of November, with the exact date to be set next week.

Why it matters: The Vienna talks have been frozen since Iran's new hardline president, Ebrahim Raisi, was elected in June. This is the most direct commitment from Raisi's government to return to the negotiating table.