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$1 trillion infrastructure push brings fresh challenges for Congress

The bipartisan agreement endorsed by Biden is far from becoming law


Alex Kormann, Star Tribune

"The bipartisan bill and the reconciliation package must go hand in hand. You can't have one without the other," Sen. Tina Smith said of President Joe Biden's $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package.

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden's lobbying for a roughly $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package has not erased formidable political obstacles in Congress.

The reception from Minnesota's congressional delegation underscores the larger challenges that lie ahead over a proposal that Biden has billed as a historic investment for the nation if it comes to pass.

"For 5 years Democrats have been ready and waiting to move forward to pass an infrastructure plan, but Republicans have always backed out," Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn, said in a statement. "Now is the time for Democrats to act with urgency and alone if necessary. I'll believe Republicans want to pass an infrastructure bill when they put the votes on the board."


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