Biden’s Infrastructure Act on Cruise Controls goes to the Senate

“We will move forward to complete this as soon as possible and then move on to budget dissolution,” said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer after the vote. “The two-pronged process is moving forward. It was a very good process. It has taken a while, but it will be worth it.”

A total of 18 Senate Republicans, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, joined all 50 Senate Democrats in advancing the physical infrastructure bill. Sens. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) Supported ending the debate, having previously voted against moving forward.

Meanwhile, Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.), Who faces re-election in 2022, announced he would oppose the bill, citing concerns about national debt. Young was part of a larger group of 20 senators who supported the bipartisan infrastructure talks.

Prior to the Sunday evening vote, the senators spent the weekend negotiating changes that would change the cryptocurrency regulations of the Infrastructure Act and allow the use of coronavirus bailout funds for infrastructure. But they didn’t come to an agreement.

Senator Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.) Said Saturday that he will not allow the infrastructure bill to pass any faster, dampening the enthusiasm of the Democratic majority to allow the GOP to have more amending votes. The Senate has so far considered more than 20 amendments to the bill, but attempts to vote over two dozen more failed Thursday night after Hagerty refused to expedite the bill as a condition of the deal.

Hagerty tried to unanimously propose 17 amendments on Sunday afternoon, but Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) Objected, citing his refusal to agree on a time and possible objections from other senators.

Other GOP senators also tried unsuccessfully on Sunday to introduce their own amendments.

“We wasted all of Thursday, Saturday, and now through Sunday, all day,” said an angry Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa). “That’s enough time to vote on a huge number of amendments and we just sat around for three days and got nothing.”

Grassley voted against ending the debate on Sunday, citing his complaints about the change process. However, he told reporters afterward that he would still support the final passage. The infrastructure law could theoretically be changed after the vote on Sunday. But that would require the cooperation of all 100 senators, which makes the prospect unlikely.

Amendments proposed by senators ahead of Sunday’s vote included one by Sens. Alex Padilla, D-Calif. And John Cornyn, R-Texas that would ease restrictions on coronavirus aid funds to states and cities can spend on the infrastructure. And Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) Also pushed for a $ 50 billion defense infrastructure fund.

While the Senate’s bipartisan infrastructure law is imminent, the law in the House of Representatives still faces an uncertain future. Moderate Democrats are already urging spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi to tackle the bill immediately, although Pelosi and many progressives want to wait for a Democratic-only bill to be passed by the Senate. This bill cannot be thwarted by the Republicans of the Senate in the equally divided chamber.

Pelosi and Schumer have developed a two-pronged process to implement as much of Biden’s domestic agenda as possible, pledging that the bipartisan infrastructure bill will only move forward if it is tied to the partisan legislation that is up to $ 3.5 trillion climate change policies, paid vacation policies, and health care expansion.

After the completion of its work on the bipartisan infrastructure law, the Senate will immediately submit a budget for the preparation of this massive draft law on filibuster-safe ground. Schumer is also considering forcing votes on more electoral laws after the Democrats’ comprehensive overhaul plan failed in June.

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