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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