Senate Passes Bipartisan $1.2T Infrastructure Bill

Headline Roundup August 10th, 2021

After months of debate and bipartisan negotiations, the Senate passed the Biden administration's $1.2 trillion infrastructure package on Tuesday. The vote was 69-30, with 19 Republican senators joining all 50 Democrats in support; Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) was among those who voted in favor. If passed, the legislation will provide over $500 billion in federal funding for highways, waterworks, and broadband. It will also "establish a pilot program to demonstrate a national motor vehicle per-mile user fee" and put forth "strategies to reduce the climate change impacts of the surface transportation system." The bill now goes to the House, where Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has said it won't be considered unless the Senate also passes a more polarizing $3.5 trillion budget package.

Coverage from left- and center-rated sources often framed the passage as a bipartisan victory for Biden, while mentioning that its future in the House is currently uncertain. Reports from right-rated sources often framed progressive Democrats in a negative light for opposing the infrastructure bill unless the larger budget plan is approved.

From the Center

The Senate passed a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure plan Tuesday, a huge step for Democrats as they try to push President Joe Biden’s sweeping economic agenda through Congress.

The legislation, which includes $550 billion in new funding for transportation, broadband and utilities, got through in a 69-30 vote, as 19 Republicans joined all 50 Democrats. The chamber in a 50-49 party line vote then proceeded to a budget resolution that would allow Democrats to approve what they see as a complementary $3.5 trillion spending plan without Republican votes.

“Today, the Senate takes a decades overdue step to...

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From the Right

A sweeping, $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package aimed at addressing the maintenance of roads, bridges and broadband easily coasted to passage Tuesday morning after days of debate. 

The measure — negotiated by a group of 22 bipartisan lawmakers led by Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) — includes $550 billion in new spending, with $110 billion set to be allocated toward roads, bridges and other projects; $65 billion toward broadband, $66 billion to be spent on passenger and freight rail, $55 billion for water infrastructure, $39.2 billion for public transit,...

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From the Left

Washington — The Senate voted to approve a roughly $1 trillion bill to revamp the nation's infrastructure on Tuesday, delivering a bipartisan breakthrough on legislation that includes key portions of President Biden's domestic agenda.

The final vote was 69 to 30, with 19 Republicans joining all 50 Democrats in voting for passage. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was among the Republicans who voted yes. Vice President Kamala Harris presided over the final vote, and said it was "a very good day" before entering the chamber.

The legislation, known as the Infrastructure Investment and...

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