The United States Senate is pushing toward a one trillion dollars infrastructure bill over two more technical hurdles Sunday night, with a concluding vote on the measure expected Tuesday. A group of bipartisan senators worked out the details with a 69-28 vote on Sunday night. Furthermore, the second vote of 68-29 limited debate on the overall infrastructure bill.
Senate votes 68-29 to invoke cloture (cut off debate)on the bipartisan infrastructure bill — clearing final procedural hurdle & putting the legislation up for vote for final passage as late as Monday night/early Tuesday morning pic.twitter.com/eu525S7acs
— Mona Salama (@MonaSalama_) August 9, 2021
The recent votes show rigid support for the spending agreement that would help repair the deteriorating bridges and roads, update & modernize rail and public transit systems, expand broadband internet service and replace hazardous lead-pipe drinking water infrastructure. Moreover, the recent legislation asks for the largest investments in decades toward United States physical infrastructure, including airports, waterways, bridges, and roads.
On the other side, Democrats are introducing a $3.5 trillion spending agreement for social safety net programs, but the Republicans denied to back the deal. The infrastructure deal is one of the top legislative priorities of U.S. President Joe Biden, to some extent to show Democratic voters that the Congress and White House can settle on bipartisan efforts beneficial for the nation at that time when politically divided Washington representatives met with deadlock on several other issues.
What is the Build Back Better plan?
The president tweeted before the Saturday vote that his government cannot just build back to the way things were before the coronavirus pandemic, as they have to build back better. Further, he added that his Build Back Better plan and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal would grow the U.S. economy and create an average of around two million good-paying jobs every year over the next decade.
We can’t just build back to the way things were before COVID-19, we have to build back better. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal and my Build Back Better plan will grow our economy, and create an average of 2 million good-paying jobs every year over the next decade.
— President Biden (@POTUS) August 7, 2021
The Build Back Better Plan is President Biden’s coronavirus relief and economic plan for the country. The president proposed a probable $7 trillion coronavirus relief, infrastructure, and future economic package. Additionally, the plan will include investments in infrastructure and is likely to create ten million clean-energy jobs. On the other hand, the government divided the plan into three parts, the American Rescue Plan, the American Families Plan, and the Jobs Plan.
Former President Trump Criticized Republicans who Supported Biden’s Package
His Build Back Better plan and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal will grow the economy of the country and create an average of two million good-paying jobs yearly over the next ten years. While he also projected infrastructure spending that failed to happen, former American President Donald Trump criticized Republican leaders who supported the Democratic package and said they should wait until Republican Party controls Congress again.
Senator Mitch McConnell, the long-time Trump ally and the Senate’s to-ranked Republican, also showed his support for Biden’s bill. He told Senate that these days Democrats and Republicans have totally different visions, but both those ideas include the physical infrastructure of the country that works for every American. Further, he added that in several cases, the investments of this bill would not only be necessary, but they are overdue because the country has real needs in this area.
After the Senate Approval, the Bill will Move towards House
After the approval measures from the U.S. Senate, the House of Representatives would then consider it for votes. However, the chances of the bill being approved in the House are slightly less because some progressive Democratic representatives are criticizing that the Biden spending package is too small. His package includes around $550 million in new spending, including the previously approved funds of $450 billion.
Likewise, the infrastructure bill includes fifty-five billion dollars for drinking water & wastewater infrastructure, sixty-six billion dollars for rail, thirty-nine billion dollars for public transportation, and $110 billion for roads and bridges. In the same way, the package also contains billions of dollars for broadband, electric vehicle charging stations, airports, and ports.