Despite some Republicans launching broadsides against the $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill Democrats want to pass, a bipartisan group comprising 22 senators is backing a $953B infrastructure deal with President Obama.
The infrastructure bill focuses primarily on what senators call “core infrastructure,” which includes roads, bridges, and waterways repairs and expanding access to broadband and electric vehicle charging station expansions. The reconciliation package will likely have President Joe Biden’s American Families Plan and other Democratic priorities such as expanding Medicare, paid family leaves, universal pre-k, and childcare.
“Well, I think Democrats will do what they can. He added, “I think that generally [McConnell]’s at that point.”
60. 60. The reconciliation bill requires only the votes of all 50 Senate Democrats. Vice President Kamala Harris is the tiebreaker. This bipartisan group includes 11 Republicans and 11 Democrats.
Democrats might have more trouble getting the votes for the reconciliation bill. Progressives such as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and Ed Markey (D-Mass.), say they are satisfied with spending. While progressives like Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Ed Markey (D. Mass.) say they are happy with the spending level; Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., told reporters that he found the bill’s climate change spending to be “very, very disturbing.” Senator Jon Tester (D.Mont. He said that he would vote for the bill to continue to debate, but he is still undecided about its final passage while awaiting more details.