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WASHINGTON — Senators introduced the long-awaited text of their bipartisan infrastructure bill Sunday, aiming to pass the massive measure this week. Other provisions target drinking water infrastructure, broadband affordability and reducing ferry emissions. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has insisted that the larger measure must be passed before the House, which has already left for its recess, will even consider the bipartisan infrastructure deal. The larger bill will give Democrats skeptical of the Senate agreement a chance to address their priorities. The Senate will soon consider bipartisan infrastructure legislation that makes 𝙝𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙤𝙧𝙞𝙘 investments in everything from our roads to our water systems.
Persons: Chuck Schumer, Schumer, Joe Biden, , Sen, Joe Manchin, ” Sen, Rob Portman, Mitch McConnell, Peter DeFazio, Nancy Pelosi, roa Organizations: WASHINGTON — Senators, Senate, White, Republican, Ky, Transportation Locations: Amtrak, Ohio
The U.S. Senate on Sunday finalized the text of its $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill. The text for the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act — a top legislative priority for President Joe Biden — was more than 2,700-pages. Senators were working over a rare weekend session to finish the text of the bill that will pour billions into roads, bridges, public transport, broadband, rail, water and airports. Many Democrats including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi want to pass the infrastructure bill alongside the much larger $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package. Schumer will now offer the finalized text as a substitute amendment and then the Senate start voting on additional amendments.
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REUTERS/Elizabeth Frantz/File PhotoWASHINGTON, Aug 1 (Reuters) - U.S. senators said they expect to see final text on Sunday for a sweeping $1 trillion package for roads, rail lines and other infrastructure, predicting final passage later this week. Senate votes so far have been on a shell bill that will incorporate the actual legislation once it is complete. Senator Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, told CNN that the infrastructure bill should win strong support. Senate Democrats would need every vote in their party to pass the measure under special budget rules that allow for a simple majority - including Manchin's. The massive infrastructure package is President Joe Biden's top legislative priority.
Persons: Elizabeth Frantz, Susan Collins, Collins, Joe Manchin, Joe Biden's, Chuck Schumer, Mitch McConnell, David Morgan, Richard Cowan, Makini Brice, Edmund Klamann, Ross Colvin, Andrea Ricci Organizations: U.S . Capitol, REUTERS, Republican, CNN, Republicans, America, West, West Virginia Democrat, Senate, Democratic, Thomson Locations: Washington , DC, Maine, Senate, West Virginia
REUTERS/Elizabeth Frantz/File PhotoWASHINGTON, Aug 1 (Reuters) - U.S. senators said they expect to see final text on Sunday for a sweeping $1 trillion spending package for roads, rail lines, communications networks and other infrastructure, predicting final passage later this week. "My hope is that we'll finish the bill by the end of the week," Collins said, adding that the measure is "good for America." The massive infrastructure package is one of President Joe Biden's top legislative priorities and would be the largest investment in U.S. roads, bridges, ports, and transit in decades. read moreBut Democrats have paired the "hard" infrastructure bill with a much-larger $3.5 trillion "reconciliation" budget bill that would boost spending on education, child care, climate change and other priorities of the party. Democrats may be able to pass the larger bill on their own under special budget rules that allow only a simple majorityManchin said that while the infrastructure bill should win strong support, he could not guarantee passage of the 'reconciliation' bill.
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Vehicles are parked outside the U.S. Capitol building the morning the Senate returned to session in Washington, DC, U.S., July 31, 2021. REUTERS/Elizabeth Frantz/File PhotoWASHINGTON, Aug 1 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Sunday worked to finalize legislation to forge ahead with a sweeping $1 trillion spending plan for roads, rail lines, high-speed internet and other infrastructure, with some senators predicting final passage later this week. "My hope is that we'll finish the bill by the end of the week," Collins said, adding that the measure is "good for America." BIGGER SPENDING TRAINBut Democrats have paired the "hard" infrastructure bill with a much-larger $3.5 trillion "reconciliation" budget bill that would boost spending on education, child care, climate change and other priorities of the party. Senator Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat whose support is pivotal to the party's spending plans, said that while the infrastructure bill should win strong support, he could not guarantee passage of the reconciliation bill.
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Federal unemployment benefits are set to expire in a little over a month; 26 states ended them early. She's in South Carolina, where federal benefits ended on June 27. That's when the extension — and expansion — of federal benefits from President Joe Biden's American Rescue Plan is set to expire. "But nobody's going to extend unemployment benefits just because there's a Delta variant." He said he would be "shocked" if unemployment benefits got extended in the state, and that it could complicate the labor shortage even further.
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Senator Manchin says the infrastructure bill text is going to be done today
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Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chair Joe Manchin (D-WV) attends a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on the energy department's budget on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 15, 2021. Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin said a draft of the roughly $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure deal should be finished on Sunday. "I think you'll see text today," the West Virginia senator said on CNN's "State of the Union." The Senate convened on Saturday to finish a draft of the legislative text of a robust infrastructure package. However, Manchin said he believes each bill should be passed on its own merit.
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Joe Manchin on Sunday said he couldn't guarantee passage of the Senate reconciliation package. AOC said the House could scuttle a bipartisan spending bill absent a reconciliation package with progressive priorities. Our infrastructure bill is all paid for. The Senate appears to be on the cusp of passing a roughly $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill that has been heralded by President Joe Biden and will likely be voted in the coming week. A separate $3.5 trillion infrastructure bill hashed out by Senate Democrats would feature infrastructure priorities focused on childcare, clean energy, and education.
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At least 10 Republicans likely to support infrastructure bill-Senator Collins
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Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) speaks during a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies hearing at the Dirksen Senate Office building in Washington, D.C., U.S., June 9, 2021. Stefani Reynolds/Pool via REUTERSWASHINGTON, Aug 1 (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Senator Susan Collins said on Sunday that she believes more than 10 of her Republican colleagues will ultimately support the roughly $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure plan being finalized by Congress. Collins made the comment in an interview on CNN's "State of the Union". Reporting by David Lawder; Editing by Daniel WallisOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
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It does not include funding for climate change and social initiatives that Democrats aim to pass in a separate $3.5 trillion measure without Republican support. The remaining $450 billion in infrastructure spending was previously approved. Progressive members of the House Democratic caucus have already suggested the $1 trillion package is too little. Biden on Thursday said the separate $3.5 trillion bill should include a pathway to citizenship for the "Dreamer" immigrants here who were brought to the United States as children. Schumer said on Thursday his goal remains to pass both the bipartisan infrastructure bill and the Democratic climate and social spending bill before senators take their summer break, which was supposed to start in the second week of August.
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The U.S. Senate unexpectedly suspended a vote to take up a $1 trillion infrastructure bill on Friday, throwing a new hurdle in front of President Joe Biden’s top priority of renovating the nation’s roads and bridges. Slideshow ( 3 images )Republican Senator John Cornyn said members of his party were concerned how it might affect broadband internet rates. Progressive members of the House Democratic caucus have already suggested the $1 trillion package is inadequate. Biden on Thursday said the separate $3.5 trillion bill should include a pathway to citizenship for the "Dreamer" immigrants here who were brought to the United States as children. Schumer said he plans to pass both the bipartisan infrastructure bill and the Democratic climate and social spending bill before senators take their summer break, scheduled to start in the second week of August.
Persons: Joe Biden’s, John Cornyn, John Thune, “ We’re, , Jon Tester, Chuck Schumer, Mitch McConnell, Joe Manchin, Biden, Schumer Organizations: WASHINGTON, U.S, Senate, Republican, White House, Lawmakers, Democrat, Democratic, House Democratic Locations: Washington, United States
Republican Senator Rob Portman said lawmakers had been confused by different versions of the bill. Supporters predicted it would ultimately pass the Senate and House, eventually reaching Biden's desk for him to sign it into law. Progressive members of the House Democratic caucus have already suggested the $1 trillion package is inadequate. Biden on Thursday said the separate $3.5 trillion bill should include a pathway to citizenship for the "Dreamer" immigrants here who were brought to the United States as children. Schumer said he plans to pass both the bipartisan infrastructure bill and the Democratic climate and social spending bill before senators take their summer break, which was supposed to start in the second week of August.
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WASHINGTON — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, the self-proclaimed "grim reaper" of progressive priorities, broke character Wednesday to advance a major $550 billion deal on infrastructure. Yet McConnell voted to open debate, a sign that the infrastructure deal is likely to have his all-important blessing once the final text is released, and possibly his vote. Cramer said that protecting the filibuster is "hugely important" to McConnell and that an infrastructure deal could help save it. A bipartisan infrastructure deal could provide an ideal talking point for candidates who need to differentiate themselves from the MAGA brand and showcase their pragmatism. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, a critical progressive vote, threatened to leave her infrastructure deal to rot in the House in response.
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The Senate is expected to advance a $1 trillion infrastructure package in a rare Friday session. Credit... T.J. Kirkpatrick for The New York Times The Senate will vote to continue advancing a $1 trillion infrastructure package in a rare Friday session, as Senate Democrats race to pass both that bipartisan bill and a party-line $3.5 trillion budget blueprint before leaving for the scheduled August recess. President Biden had pursued centrist Republicans and Democrats for months in hopes of forging an agreement to lift federal spending on physical infrastructure. lawmakers who could still balk at a bill Mr. Trump has repeatedly panned. Mr. Biden had pursued centrist Republicans and Democrats for months in hopes of forging an agreement to lift federal spending on physical infrastructure.
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Sen. Joe Manchin says he's concerned about rising inflation and the national debt. Manchin didn't rule out backing a $3.5 trillion party-line spending plan after another moderate came out against it. "I'm very much concerned about inflation in our country," Manchin told Insider, stressing how much he's been focused on infrastructure spending and its potential costs. The West Virginia Democrat told Insider he's in constant communication with Sinema about her views. Its passage would set the stage for Senate Democrats to jumpstart the reconciliation process before they leave for the monthlong August recess.
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breaking Treasury must turn over Trump’s taxes to Congress, the Justice Dept. lawmakers who could still balk at a bill Mr. Trump has repeatedly panned. “That’s what it means to compromise and forge consensus,” President Biden said of changes to the bipartisan infrastructure deal. “That’s what it means to compromise and forge consensus,” Mr. Biden said. President Biden saluted the “incredible bravery” of those fighting the fires, noting that they deserved a pay raise.
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Democrats in Congress are taking on voting rights with renewed vigor after weeks of focus on infrastructure. Both chambers are looking to introduce and pass voting rights legislation in the upcoming weeks. Voting rights has largely taken a backseat to the bipartisan infrastructure bill after Senate Republicans in June filibustered the For the People Act, Democrats' flagship voting rights and democracy reform package that included sweeping new voting rules, campaign finance regulations, and ethics reforms. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) speaks to reporters about infrastructure legislation on Capitol Hill June 24, 2021 in Washington, DC. The bill, a long-awaited priority of civil rights leaders, would restore a provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that required states with histories of racial discrimination to seek approval from the federal government before enacting new voting policies.
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WASHINGTON — A group of House Democrats is launching an internal push on voting legislation, urging their leaders to focus on a few elements, according to a letter obtained by NBC News. A group of Senate Democrats voiced optimism this week that they are nearing a deal on a voting bill that could be released as early as next week. They suggest reinstating protections under the Voting Rights Act and other proposals, such as same-day voter registration, voting by mail, 15 days of early voting and requirements for provisional ballots. The Senate is also poised to release a new version of voting rights legislation. "Passing voting rights in my view is the most important thing we can do in this Congress."
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The Texas House Democrats who are breaking quorum to block their Republican colleagues from advancing voting restrictions will meet with Bill and Hillary Clinton and voting rights advocate Stacey Abrams on Thursday, state legislators said. Members of the Texas House Democratic Caucus will meet with Abrams at 10 a.m. and the Clintons at 11 a.m. In interviews, the state Democrats said the meetings with the former president, the 2016 Democratic nominee and Abrams come at a critical time. The former secretary of state applauded the Texas Democrats' work in statements to NBC News. "Hillary and I are inspired by the Texas Democrats and hope they will keep making what our dear friend John Lewis called 'good trouble.
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It's a disheartening development in the ongoing voting rights battle waging across the country. Not only does the decision weaken the Voting Rights Act by making it harder to challenge racially discriminatory voting policies, but it also undermines the health of our democratic institutions at a time when voting rights reform is needed most. Here's how:Stand up against restrictive state voting lawsCompanies can support evidence-based, nonpartisan policies like automatic voter registration, early voting, absentee voting and weekend voting. We were encouraged to see large companies like Microsoft take a clear stance against restrictive voting legislation earlier this year. Commit to diversityTaking action and voicing concern about restrictive voting legislation is also deeply linked to companies' commitments to diversity and anti-racism.
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Democrats are close to finalizing a scaled-back bill that activists hope could be a battering ram in the fight over the filibuster. The party is also readying legislation to reinforce the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and lawmakers have discussed tucking voting provisions into the $3.5 trillion budget plan advancing in the Senate, which they can push through unilaterally over the opposition of Republicans. Senator Amy Klobuchar, Democrat of Minnesota, confirmed on Thursday that a small group of Democratic senators had been meeting to hash out a revised bill that could be released in the coming days. “We are very close to getting an agreement on that bill.”There is no indication that an accord among a small group of Democrats would draw any more Republican backing than previous proposals have. But activists and progressives want to see the revised measure come up for a vote before the Senate leaves Washington for its August recess, anticipating that it would fail and intensify pressure to dismantle the filibuster.
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It is unfortunate that following the election of President Joe Biden, nearly all the current Senate Democrats who signed that letter have decided that the principles they claimed to possess were only situational. There are only two Senate Democrats who have been unequivocal in opposing ending the filibuster and destroying the necessity of bipartisan compromise in Washington: Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona and Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia. The importance of her effort has been made clear as the Senate has worked to pass bipartisan infrastructure legislation rather than pushing through every liberal dream item. Thankfully, instead of backing down like nearly all her colleagues, Sinema has doubled down on her principles, the filibuster included. If Senate Democrats get their way and end the filibuster, that means every single one of their progressive legislative victories could be immediately rescinded by the new GOP majority.
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Workers operate a drill rig at a gas well plugging site in Roan County, West Virginia, U.S., May 17, 2021. REUTERS/Dane RhysCLINCHCO, Virginia, July 28 (Reuters) - Cosam Mullins mined coal in the western hills of Virginia for much of his working life. Scott Freshwater, 62, the owner of ConServ Inc in West Virginia, said Biden's plan would be good for business. The piles in Clinchco are up to 40 feet (12 m) thick and at risk of collapse, as are other features of abandoned mines. Last year in Dante, a few miles away, heavy rains on abandoned coal mine entrances caused two landslides that temporarily evacuated 16 homes.
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"The bipartisan group of senators has had nearly five weeks of negotiations since they first announced an agreement with President Biden. At the White House Monday, Biden told reporters, "I'm always optimistic" about the bipartisan infrastructure framework. Moderate Democrat Joe Manchin, another member of the bipartisan negotiating group, said the two measures depended on each other. “I would say that if the bipartisan infrastructure bill falls apart, everything could fall apart," he said. A document seen by Reuters shows Democrats offered to reduce transit spending authorization to $69.9 billion over five years down from previous offer of $73.9 billion.
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But for party vote-counters, the question is how they can squeeze $4 trillion through Congress without losing a single Democratic senator or more than four House Democrats. They're also a major concern for the Democrats Biden needs to win over. Some, like Mark Zandi, the chief economist at Moody's Analytics, say Biden's spending bills would ultimately provide a boost for the economy. "It's going to cause inflation, and nothing is going to hurt the poor more than that." Most lawmakers know they can't predict or control the economy, and most Democrats say any concerns about inflation should be secondary to delivering on larger, long-term policy goals.
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