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$1T infrastructure bill gets first action as senators dig in


August 3, 2021

J. Scott Applewhite, Associated Press

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., a key negotiator in the bipartisan infrastructure agreement, stands outside the chamber as the Senate advances the roughly $1 trillion infrastructure plan at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, July 30, 2021.

WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer sought to speed up consideration of a nearly $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package Monday, promising that Democrats would work with Republicans to put together amendments for consideration this week. GOP senators cautioned that they need time to digest the massive bill.

Formally called the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the proposal clocked in at some 2,700 pages after a hurry-up-and-wait rare weekend session. The final product, unveiled late Sunday, was intended to follow the broad outline a bipartisan group of senators had negotiated for weeks with the White House. Schumer has said a final vote could be held "in a matter of days."

"Let's start voting on amendments," Schumer said as the Senate opened work on Monday. "The longer it takes to finish the bill, the longer we will be here."


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