Vote on Senate Infrastructure Bill Expected This Week
The bipartisan group of senators negotiating infrastructure legislation finalized legislative text over the weekend and officially introduced the measure Sunday night. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has stated he plans to hold a vote on the bill later this week.
Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) officially introduced the 2,702-page Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, emphasizing the bipartisan nature of both the process and the legislation. The bill includes $550 billion in new spending and provides more than $1 trillion in total spending on roads, bridges, ports and broadband. The package also includes spending on Biden administration priorities, including electric vehicle charging stations, climate resilience and water infrastructure.
House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said that if the Senate infrastructure bill was passed by the Senate, she would not allow a vote on the bill in the House until the Senate passed a $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill funding additional domestic spending programs – a process that could take several months. Progressives in the House and Senate had demanded the linkage as the price for their support for a bipartisan deal on infrastructure. However, moderate and centrist Democrats in the House are now threatening to oppose the budget resolution unless the infrastructure legislation is brought up for a vote.