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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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