A historic $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure investment bill advanced through the Senate on Wednesday. The Senate voted 67-32 to take the first procedural step toward debating the infrastructure bill, which is a crucial step towards getting it passed/ The bill had the support of all 48 Democrats, two independents, and 17 Republicans.
The package includes around $550 billion in new federal money for roads, bridges, rail lines, transit projects, water systems, and other programs. The bill was put forward by a group of bipartisan senators, including high profile Democratic moderate Krysten Sinema.
“There will certainly be questions about the details of the package, and we will be happy to answer those. What I’d like to really focus on is the significance of this package and the significance of this moment,” Ms. Sinema said.
“We just left the floor of the United States Senate where we had a solid and broad bipartisan showing to move forward on this historic legislation, which will be the most significant investment in infrastructure in all of our lifetime.
“And it came not so much because folks were interested in their bridge or their road or their piece of the middle mile of broadband, but because each of us are deeply committed to demonstrating to the country and to the world that our government can work and it can work for the people of the United States of America.”