Senate Votes To Advance Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal

July 28, 2021
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 26: U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) is followed by a swarm of reporters as he leaves a meeting between a group of bipartisan Senators in the basement of the U.S. Capitol Building on July 26, 2021 in Washington, DC. The group of Senators are trying to come to an agreement on the Infrastructure Bill before Congress heads into their August recess after the initial agreement fell apart. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Joe Manchin
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 26: U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) is followed by a swarm of reporters as he leaves a meeting between a group of bipartisan Senators in the basement of the U.S. Capitol Building on July 26, 2021 i... WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 26: U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) is followed by a swarm of reporters as he leaves a meeting between a group of bipartisan Senators in the basement of the U.S. Capitol Building on July 26, 2021 in Washington, DC. The group of Senators are trying to come to an agreement on the Infrastructure Bill before Congress heads into their August recess after the initial agreement fell apart. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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July 28, 2021

The Senate voted on Wednesday evening to advance a bipartisan infrastructure deal. The white whale of a bipartisan “hard” infrastructure package had been sought after in some form since April.

That quest reached a new phase on Wednesday morning, when Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced that a deal had been reached, with $550 billion in new spending — $30 billion shaved off from the previous agreement over the same bill announced last month.

“I believe we have a deal,” Schumer said.

Shortly after Schumer’s comments, Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) stood alongside four other Republican senators to announce the bipartisan group had reached an agreement on all the “major issues” and would move forward with votes on the package that evening.

The measure to proceed to debate passed in a 67-32 vote, with 17 Republicans in support.

Senators circulated an outline of the proposal later on Wednesday. The bill has yet to be drafted.

Following Wednesday evening’s vote, Schumer reiterated that the bipartisan deal would only advance in tandem with Democrats’ budget reconciliation package.

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The Senate voted on Wednesday evening to advance a bipartisan infrastructure deal. The white whale of a bipartisan “hard” infrastructure package had been sought after in some form since April.

That quest reached a new phase on Wednesday morning, when Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced that a deal had been reached, with $550 billion in new spending — $30 billion shaved off from the previous agreement over the same bill announced last month.

“I believe we have a deal,” Schumer said.

Shortly after Schumer’s comments, Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) stood alongside four other Republican senators to announce the bipartisan group had reached an agreement on all the “major issues” and would move forward with votes on the package that evening.

The measure to proceed to debate passed in a 67-32 vote, with 17 Republicans in support.

Senators circulated an outline of the proposal later on Wednesday. The bill has yet to be drafted.

Following Wednesday evening’s vote, Schumer reiterated that the bipartisan deal would only advance in tandem with Democrats’ budget reconciliation package.

Read our live coverage below:

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