Bipartisan infrastructure deal enters critical week in Congress with major sticking points unresolved

Washington Il much-deliberated bipartisan infrastructure bill is entering a critical week on Capitol Hill with lawmakers projecting optimism ahead of a possible procedural vote this week, potentially on Monday.

But a weekend of talks had yet to produce an agreement as of late Sunday, while major sticking points remained, per three sources familiar with the matter. Il 10 main negotiators are planning to meet Monday to put deliberations back on track.
We’re down to the last couple of items, and I think you are going to see a bill Monday afternoon,” Sen. Democratico. Mark Warner, one of the negotiators working on the bipartisan deal, detto Fox News domenica.
    Here’s where things stand on Capitol Hill:

      Sticking points loom large

        Negotiators for the bipartisan infrastructure deal still have a raft of issues to revolve, according to a Democratic source close to the talks.
        This includes differences amongst the negotiators on rescinding Covid-19 relief funds to help pay for the plan, prevailing wage requirements, funding for highways, bridges and water projects, along with transit funding, ha detto la fonte.
          Inoltre, senators and the White House are at odds over $ 12 billion worth of broadband provisions, one of the sources familiar with the matter told CNN. And the cost estimates back from the Congressional Budget Office suggest the bill isn’t fully paid for as had been initially projectedforcing negotiators to scramble to make up for the funding shortfall, la fonte ha aggiunto.
          The tenuous position comes after key members were expected to confer with relevant committees on Sunday in an effort to iron out last-minute sticking points and ensure that key chairs feel brought into the fold. This was considered a significant step given the fact that some chairs and ranking members, like Sen. Tom Carper, un democratico del Delaware, have balked at pieces of the bipartisan proposal.
          Carper had said last week that he had serious concerns that pieces of his water bill were not fully funded in the bipartisan framework.
          In a sign of how closely the White House has been monitoring progress, President Joe Biden was expected to make several calls to lawmakers on Sunday as negotiators attempted to finalize the deal, ha detto alla CNN un funzionario dell'amministrazione. Biden had been kept apprised by staff of the work on the outstanding issues while in Wilmington, Delaware, for the weekend. He returned to Washington Sunday earlier than originally scheduled.
          The attention from the White House underscores how important the next procedural vote will be after Senate Republicans blocked a vote to start debate on the bipartisan infrastructure bill last week. That vote was 49-51, short of the 60 votes needed to advance the measure.
          Un gruppo di 22 Democratic and Republican senators said afterward that they wereclose to a final agreement” ed erano “optimistic that we will finalize, and be prepared to advance, this historic bipartisan proposal to strengthen America’s infrastructure and create good-paying jobs in the coming days.
          But the days since have brought more scrutiny from lawmakers outside the group of negotiators, including Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey, who warned Sunday against treating federal funding asMonopoly money.
          A very, very important category for me is how all this is going to get paid for,” the top Republican on the Senate Banking Committee told CNN’s Jake Tapper onStato dell'unione.”
          Now we’re talking about another $ 600 billion on top of the ordinary spending. … This is completely out of hand. There are people who think this is Monopoly money, but it’s not, Jake. And so I’m concerned. I think the way we should pay for this increase in infrastructure spending is by re-purposing money we already approved, but hasn’t yet gone out the door.
          The total cost of the proposed deal announced last month was $ 1.2 trillion over eight years, con $ 579 billion in new spending, secondo a fact sheet provided by the White House.

          Lawmakers insist a bill is within reach

          Despite the plodding negotiations, lawmakers from both parties signaled Sunday that a deal is close at hand.
          GOP You. Rob Portman, a key negotiator on the bipartisan infrastructure deal, projected optimism that the group will reach a deal this week, raccontare ABC News, “We’re about 90% of the way there.
          I feel good about getting it done this week,” the Ohio Republican said.
          That message was echoed by Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, chi ha detto Notizie CBS that negotiators were “molto vicino” to a deal on Sunday.
          We’re in the final strokes, we’re in the final days. We’re optimistic, we are all engaging daily, multiple times a day with members of the Senate, and we’re feeling really good about it,” lei disse.
          The bipartisan effort is one part of a two-track strategy to advance the White House’s sweeping economic agenda, as Democrats continue to lay the groundwork to advance a $ 3.5 pacchetto da trilioni expanding the social safety net.
          The Democratic bill, which they hope to pass through a budget process known a reconciliation, is expected to set the stage for Democrats to pass measures like expanding the child tax credit, offering paid medical and family leave and potentially even overhauling the country’s immigration system. The bill is also expected to include changes to the US tax code.
          La presidente della Camera Nancy Pelosi reiterated on Sunday that she won’t put the $ 1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill on the House floor unless the larger $ 3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill passes the Senate.
            I won’t put it on the floor unless we have the rest of the initiative,” Pelosi told ABC News.
            So I’m enthusiastic about the fact that they will have a bipartisan bill. I hope that it will be soon. Ma si, I stand by, because the fact is, is that the President has said that he wants to have a bipartisan bill, and we all do,” ha continuato. “But that is not the limitation of the vision of the President. He wants to build back better. He wants to do so in a way that, ancora, involves many more people in the prosperity of our country.

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