GOP plans to block vote on infrastructure

A Wednesday deadline for a bipartisan infrastructure bill is in doubt as Republicans said they might block a procedural vote. Senators are debating how to pay for the new $1 trillion package.

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July 20, 2021 - 9:06 AM

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the economic recovery in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, D.C. on Monday, July 19, 2021. (Yuri Gripas/Abaca Press/TNS)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said his infrastructure and families agenda must be passed to sustain the economic momentum of his first six months in office, aiming to set the tone for a crucial week of congressional negotiations on the two bills.

But a Wednesday deadline set by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on the bipartisan infrastructure bill was in doubt as Republicans signaled they would block a procedural vote, for now, while details are still being worked out. Senators are wrangling over how to pay for the new spending in the $1 trillion package of highway, water system and other public works projects. 

At the same time, Democrats are developing the particulars of a separate bill that would invest a stunning $3.5 trillion nationwide across Americans’ lives — with support for families, education, climate resiliency and other priorities that they aim to ultimately pass with solely Democratic support. Democrats hope to show progress on that bill before lawmakers leave Washington for their recess in August. 

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