The US Democrats want to spend $ 3.5 trillion on President Biden’s ailing roads, bridges and rails. That was agreed in the Senate. Republican approval is unlikely to be required.
In the US, the US Senate Democrats and the Budget Committee have agreed on a $ 3.5 trillion infrastructure program. “We have reached an agreement,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said late Tuesday after more than two hours of behind-the-scenes talks between the Committee Democrats and White House officials.
The agreement, which has yet to be approved by the 50-member Democratic parliamentary group in the Senate, includes a significant expansion of the health program for the elderly, according to Schumer – a key concern of the chairman of the budget committee, Bernie Sanders. The Republicans were not involved in these negotiations.
Probably no Republican support
“If you add that to the $ 600 billion bipartisan plan, you get $ 4.1 trillion, which is very, very close to what President Biden asked us to do,” said Schumer. He was referring to a separate, bipartisan bill for total investments totaling $ 1.2 trillion, of which nearly $ 600 billion would be new investments.
The Republicans in the Senate are not expected to support the broader infrastructure efforts, so the Democrats will likely have to get them off the ground with a political tweak: Now declared as part of budgeting, the package can be brought through both Houses of Parliament by a simple majority . Because with this maneuver, known in the political jargon as “Budget Reconciliation”, the Democrats in the Senate can bypass the hurdle of having to raise a majority of 60 votes.