US Senate advances infrastructure bill towards passage

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    The vehicles are parked outside the US Capitol building. REUTERS / FILE

    The U.S. Senate voted to launch a $ 1 trillion infrastructure package on Saturday, but remained slow to move forward with two Republicans openly opposing behind-the-scenes efforts to complete work on one of President T’s top priorities.

    In a wide-ranging 67-27 vote, senators agreed to limit the debate on legislation, the largest investment in decades on America’s roads, bridges, airports and waterways. Eighteen of the 50 Senate Republicans voted in favor of the bill, with Senators John Cornyn and Deb Fischer backing the package for the first time.

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    But on Saturday afternoon, progress was reached on an agreement on amendments that could allow the Senate to expedite consideration of the legislation.

    Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Sumer said the Senate will meet at noon ET (1600 GMT) on Sunday to continue reviewing the infrastructure bill. “Hopefully we can reach an agreement tomorrow,” he told the Senate.

    Without this agreement, the Senate will hold its next vote on Sunday night, a Democratic Senate aide said.

    Republican Sen. Bill Hagerty addressed the Senate to stress his opposition to speeding up the process, saying the bill would add to national debt and pave the way for Democrats to move forward with a separate $ 3.5 trillion spending package. , which Republicans strongly oppose.

    “There is absolutely no reason to rush this,” said Hagerty, a first-year senator who was former President Donald Trump’s ambassador to Japan. “While I believe in hard infrastructure, I can not participate in this way.”

    With the consent of all 100 senators, the chamber could make amendments to pass later on Saturday. Otherwise, the crossing may take until Monday or Tuesday.

    Hagerti, who voted against Saturday’s measure, for the first time voiced his opposition to an accelerating pace after the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office said Thursday that legislation would increase federal budget deficits by $ 256 billion. 10 years old.

    The CBO analysis did not include $ 57 billion in additional revenue that senators estimate in the long run from the economic development of infrastructure.

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