Bipartisan Group of Senators Pass $1 Trillion Infrastructure Bill

By: Alyssa Wilson

A $1 trillion infrastructure bill received bipartisan approval Tuesday, passing the legislation that was a crucial part of the Biden administration’s plans for the nation.  

According to The New York Times, the bill will rebuild deteriorating roads and bridges, fund the fight against climate change and improve broadband. It still needs to be approved by members of the House of Representatives before President Biden signs it. If that happens, it will be the largest federal investment in infrastructure in more than a decade.  

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The bill received bipartisan support in a 69-30 vote, even gaining yes votes from Senator Mitch McConnell and 18 other Republican senators. It now faces an uphill battle as it heads to the House. Speaker Nancy Pelosi and members of the group said they would not vote on it unless the Senate passes a separate $3.5 trillion policy in the fall, The New York Times reported.  

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Lawmakers have been battling the issue of infrastructure on Capitol Hill for months. A former version of the plan was for $2.3 trillion and included more funding for pipeline replacement, transit projects and efforts in clean energy. With the issue too critical to Biden’s plan, negotiations led to a scaled-down package negotiated by both parties with help from the White House.  

Vice President Kamala Harris, who presided over the Senate vote, addressed the nation about the bill alongside Biden. She praised the bipartisan efforts used to reach a compromise and said it means Americans will no longer need to drink water from lead pipes or go to the parking lots of fast-food restaurants to get access to the internet.  

Black and Brown communities could benefit tremendously from the plan to invest funds into areas of infrastructure. In states like Michigan and New Jersey, Black communities have been plagued by dirty and dangerous drinking water from lead pipes. American racism also played a part in how bridges were built in the past. According to NPR, planners of the interstate highway system from 1956 routed highways through Black and Brown neighborhoods, even if it meant taking property by eminent domain.  

The president said the bill would make “long overdue, much-needed investments in basic hard infrastructure for this nation.” He added, “I truly believe that this bill proves the voice of the people will be heard and we can all come together to make a difference in people’s lives.”  

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