Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) speaks after the Democrats’ lunch on Capitol Hill in Washington, the United States, on July 27, 2021.
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The Senate could vote on Wednesday to move the bipartisan infrastructure law forward, said majority leader Chuck Schumer.
“Senators continue to make good progress on both lines of legislation,” said the New York Democrat, referring to both the physical infrastructure proposal and the Democrats’ separate plan to invest $ 3.5 trillion in social programs.
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Schumer’s comments signal progress towards a final settlement on infrastructure legislation after disputes over issues such as transit financing prevented an agreement for days. The scramble threatened to derail a key point on President Joe Biden’s agenda.
The plan is set to invest $ 579 billion in new money in transportation, broadband, and utilities.
Schumer failed to open a debate on the bipartisan plan last week. The Republican senators who worked with the Democrats and the White House on the bill voted against taking it forward as they tried to iron out differences.
The Democratic leader wants to pass the bipartisan plan and budget resolution that would kickstart his party’s legislation before the Senate leaves Washington on hiatus next month. Balancing the budget allows Democrats to pass their bill without a Republican vote.
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