Senate Set to Pass Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Tuesday
WASHINGTON—The Senate was set to pass a roughly $1 trillion infrastructure package with broad bipartisan support Tuesday, advancing a central piece of President Biden’s economic agenda that will amount to one of the most substantial federal investments in roads, bridges and rail in decades.
The product of weeks of painstaking negotiations between a bipartisan group of 10 senators and the White House, the legislation both reauthorizes spending on existing federal public-works programs and pours an additional $550 billion into water projects, the electrical grid and safety efforts, among many other projects.
While lawmakers and presidents of both parties have said for years that they wanted to come together on a major package on infrastructure, an agreement consistently eluded them.
With expected passage in the Senate on Tuesday, Mr. Biden is poised to buck that trend, though the bill still faces a potentially rocky path in the House. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) has said the chamber won’t take it up until the Senate also passes a separate $3.5 trillion antipoverty and climate plan, a challenging negotiation of its own that could take months.
Many senators cheered the legislation as a boon to the economy and as evidence that Republicans and Democrats can still work together on major legislation in Washington.