The project, which garnered Republican support and sought to invest approximately one trillion dollars over eight years in the reconstruction of bridges, railroads, ports, and airports, will be debated for possible amendments and voted on in the coming days.
This Sunday, the United States Senate finished drafting a first proposal for the ambitious infrastructure plan promoted by the president, Joe Biden, which must now be submitted to amendments before being voted on in plenary.
After an unforgettable weekend of work and marathon days, the leader of the Democratic majority in the Upper House, Chuck Schumer, announced that the text is now complete. " I think the Senate will be able to process the amendments and pass this law in the next few days, " he said.
After weeks of fighting between Democrats and Republicans, last Wednesday, the Senate voted to debate the motion, which has the support of both sides and will rebuild bridges, railways, and ports in eight years. I try to invest about one trillion dollars. And the country's airports.
It was not yet clear whether senators outside the bipartisan group that negotiated the bill will propose amendments that could upset the delicate coalition that has formed.
If the bill passes in the Senate, it will go to the House of Representatives. Some Democrats have criticized it as too modest. The Democratic leader has paired it with a 3.5 trillion "human infrastructure" bill—dollars to spend money on education, child care, climate change, and other priorities.
Democrats want to increase taxes on social spending businesses and the rich, who earn more than $ 400,000 a year, to oppose Republicans' move to leave the fate of both projects in the air.
One month ago, Biden and a group of 22 Democratic and Republican senators announced with great fanfare outside the White House that they had reached an agreement.
Still, later the negotiations were complicated, especially by the reluctance of the Republicans about how it will be financed—investment in infrastructure.
Earlier in March, the US president had proposed an investment of 3 2.3 trillion, but the White House had to cut it due to criticism from Republicans.
The goal of Biden's plan is to modernize what he has called "physical infrastructure": roads, bridges, railways, ports, and airports, among others.
Biden's second major economic and social gamble is to approve a $3.5 billion project he calls "human" infrastructure. Democrats, however, have no Republican voice to support this plan, which provides enormous funds for the education system, families, the environment, and health. Therefore, the initiative could only be approved if the ruling party uses the resource of "budget conciliation" and does not lose any of the 50 votes it has in the Upper House.
Joe Biden's great political project is to make the United States the ideal alternative to the Chinese authoritarian model, which implies being at the forefront of innovation and guaranteeing jobs and prosperity for the middle class.