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Senators and the White House were locked in intense negotiations Tuesday to salvage a bipartisan infrastructure deal, with pressure mounting on all sides to wrap up talks and show progress on President Joe Biden's top priority.
Heading into a make-or-break week, serious roadblocks remain. One dispute is over how much money should go to public transit. But spending on highways, water projects, broadband and others areas remains unresolved, too, as is whether to take unspent COVID-19 relief funds to help pay for the infrastructure.
South Carolina’s Republican U.S. senators are ratcheting up their criticism of a $3.5 trillion Democratic budget plan, arguing the influx of government spending would risk escalating inflation at a delicate moment for the economy.
Senate Republicans rejected an effort Wednesday to begin debate on a big infrastructure deal that a bipartisan group of senators brokered with President Joe Biden. But supporters in both parties remained hopeful of another chance in coming days.
In the latest chapter of a broad budget battle likely to linger well into autumn, Democrats reacted a day after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said he believes all Republicans will vote against renewing Washington's ability to borrow money. The government, which has been running huge budget deficits for years, needs to borrow cash constantly to pay its debts, but its legal authority to do that expires July 31.
President Joe Biden said Monday that 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.
The South Carolina Republican's idea would be unlikely to succeed because the threshold for a "quorum" — the number of lawmakers needed in attendance to vote on bills — is lower in the U.S. Senate than it is in the Texas Legislature.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer pressured lawmakers Thursday to reach agreement by next week on a pair of massive domestic spending measures, signaling Democrats' desire to push ahead aggressively on President Joe Biden's multi-trillion dollar agenda.
President Joe Biden declared that preserving voting rights is "a test of our time" Tuesday as Texas Democrats took dramatic action to stymie their state's latest effort in a nationwide Republican push to tighten ballot restrictions.
President Joe Biden is looking to sell voters on the economic benefits of the proposed 973 billion infrastructure package while in Wisconsin on Tuesday, hoping to boost support for the bipartisan agreement that is held together in large part by the promise of millions of new jobs.