Senate Passes Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal

The United States Senate passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

In a vote on Tuesday morning, members of the Senate advanced the $1.2 trillion package to the House of Representatives. NBC News congressional correspondent Frank Thorp reports that nineteen Republicans — including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) — joined all fifty Democrats in approving the legislation.

The vote — a compromise on President Biden’s American Jobs Plan — concludes a negotiations process that has lasted for several months. Among other items, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act allocates $110 billion to roads and bridges, $73 billion to power infrastructure, $66 billion to passenger and freight rail, $65 billion to high-speed internet, and $39 billion to public transit.

“For decades, elected officials have talked about addressing our nation’s aging infrastructure,” commented Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT), a lead negotiator for the bill, in a statement. “The bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act that passed out of the Senate today turns that talk into reality. While this bill is not perfect — as is the case with a true compromise — it provides a once-in-a-generation investment in our country’s physical infrastructure without raising taxes. That is what people and communities across the country demanded of us.”

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