It looks like infrastructure week is set to continue on Capitol Hill: Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) said Sunday that the bipartisan deal he helped negotiate can move forward. In all, the plan promises $579 billion in new spending on infrastructure, according to the White House.
The deal mostly focuses on traditional infrastructure. Its biggest line item is $312 billion for transportation, including $109 billion in updates and repairs to roads and bridges, $66 billion for expanded passenger and freight rail networks, and $49 billion for public transit. A national network of electric vehicle chargers and electrified public-transit and school buses are also on the docket.
Also in the plan: the elimination of lead pipes for drinking water and an updated power grid to facilitate the expansion of renewable energy. An expansion of broadband networks, targeting underserved rural areas, will get an infusion of $65 billion.
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However, the bipartisan bill does not include other spending on "human infrastructure" that Biden initially proposed, including provisions for climate change, child care, health care, and education.
The White House has now put its support behind a second bill to address those issues, called the American Families Plan. Senate Democrats hope to pass that second piece of legislation without Republican support using the budget reconciliation process.
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