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Senators weigh in on final infrastructure vote

Lawmakers take up the trillion-dollar infrastructure package.
Lawmakers take up the trillion-dollar infrastructure package.(AP)
Published: Aug. 9, 2021 at 3:08 PM EDT
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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - Tuesday, the U.S. Senate passed a sweeping national infrastructure plan that exceeds $1 trillion. According to the roll call vote, 69 U.S. Senators voted for the bill, 30 voted against the bill and one member did not vote.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers negotiated for months with the Biden administration to broker a deal to revamp the country’s roads, bridges, highways, waterways, ports, airports and broadband internet. Members have stayed late in Washington, D.C. despite a planned month-long August recess to push the bill over the finish line.

Supporters of the bill say it will deliver much-needed resources for critical assets across the board and boost economic recovery efforts. Some conservative opponents say they’re against more high-dollar spending projects out of Washington, citing a recent Congressional Budget Office report that projects the plan would add $256 billion to the nation’s deficit.

This week, as the U.S. senators stayed in Washington, D.C. to work through final amendments and votes, members are weighing in on the next steps and what this package could mean for the country.

Here is what lawmakers who voted for the bill tell the Gray Television Washington News Bureau:

Those who voted no are saying this:

The bill now moves on to the U.S. House of Representatives and must pass there before going to the White House for President Joe Biden’s signature.

President Joe Biden and Vice President Harris are scheduled to deliver remarks about the Senate’s passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act at 1:30 p.m. ET from the East Room of the White House.

Progressive advocates, and Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi, say they will hold up the bill on the House side until a $3.5 trillion ‘human infrastructure’ plan is also scheduled for a vote. The bigger ‘infrastructure’ plan would include federal spending for child care, paid leave, education and climate change initiatives.

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