President Biden Announces Support for the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework

On June 24, President Biden and Vice President Harris announced their support for the nearly $1 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework. The bipartisan proposal would invest two-thirds of the resources that the President proposed in his American Jobs Plan to make investments in a number of areas, including transportation infrastructure, universal broadband infrastructure and resilience to climate change. Specifically, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework includes $550 billion in new federal spending on infrastructure, which would invest $312 billion in transportation infrastructure, $65 billion in broadband infrastructure, $47 billion in increasing the nation’s infrastructure resilience against climate change threats and $21 billion in environmental remediation, among other investments. In a meeting with the White House, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA-12) discussed passing the White House infrastructure priorities through a two-track approach–a bipartisan infrastructure package and a second package that includes provisions from the President’s $1.7 trillion American Jobs Plan and $1.8 trillion American Families Plan, which are not included in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework.

Following the announcement of this agreement, on July 1, the House of Representatives passed the INVEST in America Act, a $715 billion transportation and water infrastructure bill that covers many of the same areas as the bipartisan framework. Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-OR-4), the lead sponsor of the bill, when asked about how he saw negotiations unfolding over the infrastructure deal said, "I’m suggesting that substantial amounts of the policy in our bill should be negotiated by the White House, and the Senate and the House to be part of that bipartisan proposal." Rep. DeFazio also made it clear that it is important for an agreement to be reached on this package before October 1, due to a water-related act that must be reauthorized.

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