The Senate on Tuesday morning, Aug. 10, passed the infrastructure bill worth $1.2 trillion, bringing a victory for President Joe Biden.
Senators voted 69-30 on the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, as 19 Republicans, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), joined with all 50 Democrats to pass the legislation, The Hill reported.
The infrastructure bill will allocate $110 billion to roads and bridges, $73 billion to power infrastructure, $66 billion to passenger and freight rail, $65 billion to high-speed internet, and $39 billion to public transit, among other items.
“Congress has talked about truly modernizing our nation’s infrastructure for as long as we can remember. The United States Senate delivered so that we can finally give the American people the safe, reliable, and modern infrastructure they deserve,” Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), and eight other senators said in a joint statement after the vote.
Following the passage of the infrastructure package, Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) said, “We have turned President Biden’s pledge to ‘Build Back Better’ from a slogan into a once-in-a-generation investment that will put millions of people to work building a more competitive, equitable, and sustainable economy for the 21st century.”
Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), a negotiator for the bill, said that though “this bill is not perfect—as is the case with a true compromise it provides a once-in-a-generation investment in our country’s physical infrastructure without raising taxes. That is what people and communities across the country demanded of us.”
But Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) warned about the bill’s fiscal implications.
“I’ve insisted that an infrastructure bill be fully paid for,” he noted. “This bill misses that mark. The level of new spending Democrats insisted on will add more than $250 billion to the debt burden on our children and grandchildren.”
Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.) said that he “voted against this infrastructure package, which is just a smoke-screen to distract from the $3.5 trillion tax-and-spend spree from the Democrats that’s just around the corner.”
The bill is now heading to the House, where Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has vowed she would not take it up until the Senate passes the second part of its infrastructure two-step. A sweeping $3.5 trillion spending package that includes Democrats’ top priorities.
The passage of the infrastructure bill in the Senate put several Republicans in contrast with former President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly lashing out at McConnell and some other RINOs for helping advance the bill.
“Nobody will ever understand why Mitch McConnell allowed this non-infrastructure bill to be passed. He has given up all of his leverage for the big whopper of a bill that will follow. … He is working so hard to give Biden a victory, now they’ll go for the big one, including the biggest tax increases in the history of our Country,” Trump said in a statement on Tuesday.