Any Republican who votes for this will be dealt with. – ASK
The Senate’s years-long infrastructure week will wrap up today with bipartisan passage of a $1.2 trillion bill. That achievement is to be followed by action on a budget resolution that will open the door to a $3.5 trillion collection of spending for centerpieces of President Biden’s domestic agenda.
After months of negotiations, the Senate will render its verdict on federal investments in bridges, roads, ports, airports and broadband with a final vote this morning at 11 a.m. Along with every Senate Democrat, roughly 20 Senate Republicans are expected to support the legislation (The Hill and The Associated Press).
“An overwhelming bipartisan majority of Senators voted to surmount the final few procedural hurdles and put the bill on a glide path for passage tomorrow morning,” said Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on the Senate floor on Monday.
The legislation includes $550 billion in new spending, which Biden and Democrats had sought. The remainder of the package is funded by tapping unspent coronavirus relief funds already in law.
The Senate did have some last-minute business to take care of ahead of today’s vote, with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) blocking an amendment on Monday to limit a proposal to increase federal regulation of cryptocurrencies. Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), brought the amendment up for unanimous consent, but after Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) tried to attach his untreated proposal to boost military spending by $50 billion, Sanders blocked it (The Hill).
Politico: Schumer signals final vote for Senate infrastructure package.