On July 28, US Senators voted 67–34, surpassing the 60 votes needed, to start debate on an infrastructure bill. The Senate will begin with the House-passed H.R. 3684, INVEST in America Act. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell may have to work out some agreement on amendments, including the bipartisan infrastructure agreement legislative text. NAPA expects debate on the bill to continue through the first week of August. The bill will provide, over five years, $550 billion in new spending on ‘hard’ infrastructure above the baseline – slightly less than the $579 billion originally proposed. It includes $110 billion for highways. More details are needed to see exactly how the funds will be spent. Once the bill text is received, NAPA’s Government Affairs team will develop a summary as well as a letter to Senators urging support for the deal. As appropriate, we will continue to share updates on our advocacy webpages and social media channels.
August 2, 2021 by NAPA Government Affairs
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