(Washington) With broad support from Democrats and Republicans, Joe Biden’s $ 1.2 trillion infrastructure investment plan, touted as “historic”, passed a major milestone in the Senate on Saturday, where its adoption is now guaranteed appears before being sent to the House of Representatives by representatives.
Posted on Aug 7, 2021 at 1:49 pm
As a result of months of negotiations and a rare consensus between Republican and Democratic senators, this grand plan provides for new federal spending of $ 550 billion on roads, bridges, transport, but also on high-speed internet and the fight against climate change.
It comes to $ 1.2 trillion when we factor in the realignment of other existing public funding.
With the approval of 18 Republicans, including their powerful leader Mitch McConnell, and 49 Democrats, the Senate decided to end the debate on the bill.
This procedural vote required 60 votes. It is a decisive step because it underlines the very good chances that the text will then have to be passed in the Senate with a simple majority (51 votes).
But the text still has to go through a procedural step and there could be new votes on the amendments.
The final vote could therefore take place at the beginning of the week or as early as this weekend, with the very flexible rules of the Senate making it possible to speed up the process … on the condition that unanimity is achieved.
The senators also bitterly negotiated these next steps in the plenary hall on Saturday.
The deal “represents a historic investment,” tweeted Joe Biden on Saturday. “We cannot afford not to implement them. ”
Acceptance of this project would mean an overwhelming victory for the Democratic President, who is committed to economic recovery and fighting the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Former Republican President Donald Trump ruled him on Saturday that the deal was “a shame”.
“It will be very difficult for me to support someone stupid enough to vote for this deal,” he threatened in a statement as he remains very popular with Republican voters and the 2022 general election (“midterms”) approaches.
But Republicans who support the project also know these investments are hugely popular with voters, and influential Mitch McConnell on Saturday defended an imperfect text but the result of a “compromise.”