The U.S. Senate on Tuesday passed a $1 trillion infrastructure package that has been a top priority of President Joe Biden. The bill’s passage was a bipartisan victory that could provide the nation’s biggest investment in decades in roads, bridges, airports and waterways.
The vote was 69-30 in the 100-seat chamber, with 19 Republicans voting yes. Immediately after that vote concluded, Senators pushed ahead with a follow-up $3.5 trillion spending package that Democrats plan to pass without Republican votes.
House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said her chamber will not take up the $1 trillion bill until it also receives the larger plan, which is not likely before late September. With razor-thin majorities in Congress, Democrats will have to corral their moderate and progressive members to pass the measures.