Biden’s remarks came after a bipartisan group of senators on Wednesday reached an agreement for a bill to spend on infrastructure.
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- Passing a law is a delicate balancing act
- Senate Republicans Offered $928 Billion of Infrastructure
US President Joe Biden said on Thursday he has reached an agreement with a bipartisan group of senators on a nearly $1.2 trillion infrastructure plan. “We had a really good meeting and we have a deal to answer the question directly,” Biden told reporters at the White House after meeting with the senators. Biden said, “We all agree that none of us got what we wanted. I clearly didn’t get what I wanted. He gave more than I thought I could.” According to a media report, Biden’s remarks came after a bipartisan group of senators on Wednesday reached an agreement for a bill to spend on infrastructure.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the draft agreement called for $579 billion to be spent above expected federal levels, for a total of $973 billion and $1.2 trillion over five years. “The $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure is an important step in implementing President Biden’s Build Back Better vision,” the White House said in a fact sheet on Thursday. “The president calls on Congress to pass the bipartisan infrastructure framework and send it to his desk and to pass a budget proposal and legislation that makes his full Build Back Better vision a reality,” the White House said.
According to the Journal, while the framework between the bipartisan group of lawmakers and the White House is an important step toward a final agreement, passing the law is a delicate balancing act. It is not yet clear whether Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will support the deal. During talks with Senate Republicans last month, the White House lowered the overall price tag of Biden’s $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan to $1.7 trillion, while Senate Republicans offered $928 billion in infrastructure was. But the two sides failed to reach an agreement and agreed to end infrastructure talks earlier this month.
First Published : 25 Jun 2021, 05:17:39 PM