The Senate could vote again this week on whether to open the debate $ 1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure plan to rebuild the country’s roads and bridges, Reuters reported. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (DN.Y.) could push for the vote once the negotiators have finalized their details.
There are still several points of contention, including “Money for highways and bridges, water infrastructure, transit, broadband and using unspent COVID-19 pandemic aid to pay for the infrastructure measure, ”said a Democratic source speaking to CBS News.
One of the outstanding items on requirement that contractors and subcontractors working under government-funded contracts pay their workers no less than “local wages” for working on similar projects.
Last week the GOP blocked not to advance the measure in the divided Senate and to take the 10 votes from the Democrats, which they needed to start the debate on the infrastructure package. The votes were 49 to 51, not enough to beat a filibuster.
At the time a Group of 22 senators who negotiated the key elements of the plan said they had “made significant progress and are on the verge of reaching a final agreement”.
“We will continue to work hard to make sure we get this critical piece of legislation right – and we are optimistic that in the coming days we will finalize and be ready to complete this historic bipartisan proposal to strengthen American infrastructure and create high paying jobs said in a statement. “We appreciate our colleagues on both sides of the aisle and the administration who are working with us to do this for the American people.”
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