拜登一生都在为此做准备,今晚国会以228:206通过$1.2万亿 bipartisan infrastructure bill

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拜登一生的关键词:交易者​

成败在此一举。​

Joe Biden has spent his entire life preparing for this week​

Analysis by Chris Cillizza, CNN Editor-at-large

Updated 9:49 PM ET, Mon September 27, 2021

(CNN)If you asked President Joe Biden to sum up his life -- and political career -- in a single term, he would probably say "deal-maker."

While Biden tends to be self-deprecating about many things, his unique ability to make deals is not one of them.

"Give me a break," Biden told Politico when questioned about his ability to makes deals a few years back. "I've been doing this my entire career. I'm going to say something outrageous: I don't know anybody who counts votes better than me in the Senate."

In 2019, Biden sounded a similar note in a speech to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

"My whole career I've been able to get a lot of things done," he said at the time. "I know I am being criticized by some on the far left that I ... actually think we should work with Republicans. But how do you get something done [without that]?"

Then this in 2020: "I'm going to say something outrageous. I'm not bad at this because people know whatever I tell them, I will do. I'll keep my word."

And even in his victory speech after winning the 2020 election, Biden referred to his desire to bring people together.

"I pledge to be a president who seeks not to divide, but to unify," he said. "Who doesn't see red and blue states, but a United States."

Joe Biden, meet the most important week of your life.
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If ever there was a man for the moment -- the moment being more than $4.5 trillion in government spending that congressional Democrats are trying to pass this week -- it's Joe Biden.

If you believe Biden that the work of his life has been deal-making -- and there's ample evidence in deals he cut with then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell during his years as vice president -- then now is the time for him to show and prove that he can do it on the biggest stage with the biggest stakes.

(Sidebar: McConnell himself has openly acknowledged Biden's deal-making capacity. "There is a reason 'Get Joe on the phone' is shorthand for 'time to get serious' in my office," McConnell said back in 2016.)

Yes, the task is significant -- trying to thread the needle between liberals and moderates within his own party to find a way to get almost the entirety of his first-term agenda done with these two pieces of legislation.

But that's what Biden asked for -- and what he has long told us he is uniquely suited to do.

The Point: It's put up or shut up time for Biden. And the success or failure of his administration may well be riding on it.

 
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Biden and Democrats face dual front battle and have only 48 hours left​

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By Phil Mattingly and Lauren Fox, CNN

Updated 9:48 AM ET, Tue September 28, 2021

(CNN)President Joe Biden and Democratic leaders are in a stare down with Republicans over funding the government.

Democratic leaders and Biden have entered a stare down with the party's progressives as they move to de-link the two pieces of Biden's sweeping agenda and lock in the votes on infrastructure.

They have roughly 48 hours to resolve both.

No pressure.

HERE ARE THE KEY DATES TO WATCH:

  • September 30: Government funding expires at midnight, which could trigger a shutdown.
  • Mid-October: The government reaches its borrowing limit, which could trigger a first-ever US default and a self-inflicted economic crisis if the US is unable to pay all its bills on time. It could delay federal payments, including Social Security checks and monthly child tax credit payments.

It all adds up to the most acute test of the unified Democratic executive and legislative branches -- critical standoffs on two fronts, each with major political and policy ramifications. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will need to pull out all of the stops to whip votes. Biden will likely have to make clear publicly his support for Pelosi's decision to separate the two components of his agenda -- something that would put him crosswise with a segment of his party, which he's been loath to do.

All as they maneuver to overcome a GOP blockade on the debt limit in order to avoid a shutdown that would be catastrophic to their agenda efforts.

Where things stand​

Government funding

Senate Republicans on Monday blocked a House-passed bill to fund the government and suspend the debt limit. Democrats will now pivot to a proposal without the debt limit suspension, according to multiple sources. The primary question now is the length. Do Democrats try a short-term funding bill and set up an even higher stakes debt limit fight -- with potentially catastrophic consequences -- in mid-October?

Or do they de-link the two and fund the government into December?

Multiple people involved said there is a lean toward the latter option, but final decisions hadn't been made as of late last night.

The infrastructure vote

Democratic leadership has made clear this is happening on September 30. That decision was made in clear consultation -- and with the support of -- Biden, according to people involved.

But Pelosi has made clear she doesn't bring bills to the floor that will fail. The White House has made clear its baseline is that the bill, whenever it gets to the floor, passes.

Here's the bottom line: This is now going to be one of the most intense 48-hour whipping periods Washington has seen in a long time, as Pelosi, her leadership team, Biden and the bipartisan centrists behind the infrastructure proposal work to stitch together 218 votes.

The economic/climate package

To be clear here, negotiations on some kind of "framework" or clear agreement to lay out the pathway for the multi-trillion dollar economic and climate package that sits at the true center of Biden's agenda are still occurring at a feverish clip. That would certainly make locking in the votes for the infrastructure proposal significantly easier, according to all involved.

But one thing has been made clear behind the scenes, according to people involved: Progressives will get no public commitment from Sens. Joe Manchin or Kyrsten SInema. Nor will they get some sweeping topline agreement.

So what can, or will, they accept as enough?

The debt limit

This is still very much a live issue, and also by far the most dangerous of those outstanding. McConnell made clear where he stood in July, whether it carried merit or not, and proved his conference -- to a member -- would stay with him on the issue.

Now Democrats need to decide whether they want to keep trying to claim the political high ground or if it's time to launch the process to raise the debt ceiling without Republicans.

Two Democratic aides said the White House and leadership are leaning toward the second option, but nothing is off the table at the moment.

Debt ceiling point of privilege​

One thing to note: If this was really about Democrats taking the responsibility for the vote, as McConnell has laid out, then there's zero reason for Republicans to filibuster a suspension or increase.

Yet they've pledged to do just that. It lays bare how much of this is about creating procedural chaos and a bad political vote for Democrats.

The shutdown risk​

To make this quite clear: There is a not-so-insignificant risk of a government shut down right now. White House officials and congressional Democrats have made clear a shut down can't happen -- and would be devastating to their broader legislative efforts.

But Democratic leaders haven't laid out the next steps to prevent one in the face of the GOP blockade, and the clock is ticking. Moments like this are ripe for procedural mishaps that lead the chambers to stumble into a shut down.

There's a strategy behind that decision -- a clear effort to ensure Republicans got the headlines for blocking government funding and a debt limit suspension, rather than stepping on them with their latest plan.

"I want to make sure everyone understands exactly what has happened here on the Senate floor," Schumer said after the vote went down. "The Republican Party has now become the party of default, the party that says America doesn't pay its debts."

That posture will shift quickly on Tuesday, according to sources, as Democrats quickly put together the legislation to fund the government beyond Thursday. The question, of course, remains for long.

A House out of order?​

Pelosi doesn't have control of her caucus right now. That's not to say things don't come together Thursday when a bill comes to the floor. That's not to say that even if Thursday slips by without consensus, Biden's entire agenda is toast.

It's just to say that progressives are flexing muscle right now that we haven't really seen them do before. They are getting comfortable resisting the wishes of the speaker and the President and the normal speeches about sticking together and doing it for the agenda aren't really having an effect on the left flank. In interviews with members and aides, it's clear that progressives are feeling like they have given enough since Biden took office, and they are legitimately worried that helping pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill Thursday will take all of the leverage off the table to get the bigger $3.5 trillion social safety net bill that includes priorities many members have been working on for decades.

But don't forget that Pelosi has pulled a lot of rabbits out of a lot of hats before.

"Speaker Pelosi is always confident because she is a magical legislator who can get the votes," Rep. Steve Cohen, a Tennessee Democrat, said yesterday.

There's a reason Biden has implicit, to the point of deferential, trust in how Pelosi operates, according to officials. The track record speaks for itself.

Pelosi's pitch last night​

In her private remarks, Pelosi made clear she has to change course from her previous plan to pass reconciliation and bipartisan infrastructure together. Let's be clear: this is a plain reversal. No other way around it. And it's significant. Not because it's surprising. It was always going to be faster to pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill that already had the backing of every Democratic senator than it was going to be to pull the bigger bill together that included major pieces to which moderates Sinema and Manchin were opposed.

What Pelosi said, per a source in the room: "I told all of you that we wouldn't go on to the BIF (until) we had the reconciliation bill passed by the Senate. We were right on schedule to do all of that, until 10 days ago, a week ago, when I heard the news that this number had to come down. It all changed, so our approach had to change. It isn't about diminishing the importance of the reconciliation."

For some progressives in the room, Pelosi's remarks were a public admittance of what they already feared. And that could have the effect of further driving progressives away from voting "yes" on the bipartisan infrastructure proposal on Thursday.

So how unified can progressives stay?​

This group isn't a monolith. They never have been. The so-called "Squad" operates independently at times from the broader progressive caucus. There are members in the progressive caucus who have already signaled they are going to vote "yes" on the bipartisan infrastructure bill, like Rep. Ro Khanna of California, an important bellwether here.

The warning has been there are dozens of progressives willing to vote "no" on the bipartisan infrastructure bill and that may very well be the case. But even as Rep. Pramila Japayal of Washington and other well-known members on the left continue to hold firm in their position that they won't vote for the bipartisan infrastructure bill until they see a vote in the Senate on the bigger package, remember that they don't speak for the entirety of the liberal wing of the caucus,

Jayapal: 'Everything has to be done' before infrastructure vote 11:10

A close read of Pelosi's letter to her colleagues Sunday night made pretty clear where this was headed.

"Tomorrow, September 27, we will begin debate on the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework on the Floor of the House and vote on it on Thursday, September 30, the day on which the surface transportation authorization expires," she wrote.

To be clear here, short-term extensions of surface transportation reauthorizations is not out of the norm and there's no reason leadership couldn't pursue one here. But that move was never made, making Thursday -- the scheduled day for the infrastructure bill -- a cliff of sorts. Or, in this case, a trigger that adds another layer of pressure onto Democratic lawmakers threatening to sink the bill.

Some progressives told CNN on Monday, with some frustration, that it serves as an empty threat due to reserves and the fact there have been lapses in the past. But it unquestionably ramps up the stakes in terms of how the vote is framed, both politically and as an off-ramp for a leadership team desperately needing to de-link the infrastructure bill from the economic and climate package.

Another behind closed doors moment​

Pelosi's contention that she learned 10 days ago the topline would have to come down and therefore the strategy would have to shift is questionable in the sense that Manchin and Sinema have been clear for more than a month they wouldn't accept $3.5 trillion.

But it also mirrors roughly the time Biden and his top advisers became resigned to the fact that the package would need to be scaled back, possibly by a significant amount, in order to have a pathway forward, according to multiple people involved.

The reason: Biden's private meetings two weeks ago with Sinema and Manchin, according to those people. While details of the meetings range somewhere between sparse and none, one thing Biden took away from the meeting was the seriousness of the concerns about the topline number, and that it wouldn't be resolved with minor tweaks or reductions, one of the people said.

The Sinema factor​

This is actually instructive from the perspective of how Sinema operates. Few questions have been asked more on Capitol Hill in recent days, including between some of the most senior Democrats in the Senate, than: "Do you know where Sinema stands?"

The answer is, inevitably, no.

Sinema has been public about her opposition to the $3.5 trillion topline. Her concerns about tax increases have been clear (though not nearly as concrete a have been reported, sources say.)

Beyond that, her interview with the home state Arizona Republic served as the most fulsome public view into her thinking (and it wasn't that fulsome, though the story was very good).

She operates in private -- dozens of meeting with individual members, including a phone call with Jayapal on Monday.

But she also speaks more with Biden than almost any other member not named Pelosi or Schumer.

That doesn't mean they're on the phone daily or even weekly. But it's clear, according to people involved, if she needs to talk to Biden he'll be on the phone immediately.

The White House takes great care to ensure the details of those conversations don't become public. Sinema, as is her way, does the same. It's created a level of a trust between the two -- one developed over the course of the entire time Biden's been in office.

People with knowledge of the relationship are careful to be clear that it shouldn't be overstated. It's not like the two are BFFs and they have different approaches to politics. But they do have a relationship -- one that is exceedingly important at this moment.

The best window​

Biden said something that made folks on social media chuckle on Monday, but is actually a really good window into how he's viewing things.

When asked how he would measure success by the end of this week, this was his response: "Well, it may not be by the end of the week. I hope it's by the end of the week. But as long as we're still alive..."

He then shifted direction on his thought into what they were facing and how "the country is gonna be in great shape" if they get things across the finish line.

But before he shifted direction -- "as long as we're still alive" -- is, based on how several of his top advisers have described his thinking at this point, really how he sees things at the moment.

Keep members talking. Don't let negotiations fall apart. Address issues, one by one, as they come.

But mostly keep people talking. Do that, and the combination of necessity and politics will, eventually, lead to an outcome.

That's led to some frustration on the other side of Pennsylvania Avenue because Biden hasn't taken any clear hard lines with any members of factions inside the party. That time may come, officials concede. But it's not there yet.

The Biden/Schumer/Pelosi call​

Biden, Pelosi and Schumer are speaking pretty much a daily basis at this point. Details are held close to the vest, but one person with knowledge of the calls said they range "from updates about the state of play, to strategy sessions to rundowns of who needs to talk to who."

On Monday, that included clear agreement on Pelosi's decision to announce behind closed doors that the two measures needed to be separated was both discussed and agreed upon by all three, according to the person.

"The only way to do this is in a unified manner," the person said.

The Senate GOP counter-programming​

Republican leaders are whipping votes right now against the bipartisan infrastructure package, arguing behind the scenes that a vote for that bill will only make it easier for Democrats to pass their bigger social safety net bill, which repeals major pieces of their 2017 tax law.

But, that argument isn't going to convince everyone. And GOP leaders are competing with some Republican senators who are running their own campaign to drive up the GOP votes for the BIF on Thursday. Recall that memo circulating by Republican senators last week that laid out the myths some Republican leaders were peddling on the bill.

Several GOP senators have privately been having conversations with their House counterparts. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, a West Virginia Republican, said she is among them. She also expressed some displeasure with GOP leaders whipping against a bill she worked hard to craft.

"I wish they'd be more helpful toward the BIF," Capito said.

Right now, aides close to this process tell CNN they expect between a dozen to 15 GOP votes. That's not enough to make up for a mass exodus of progressives, but it would be enough to make up the difference if just a dozen or so progressives broke ranks.

The Trump factor​

In the last several days, one of the emerging and most convincing arguments to members on the fence about what to do Thursday is a feeling that doing nothing isn't an option.

For some members, doing nothing isn't an option for their own re-elections. For some, they want to be a team player and support the President.

And former President Donald Trump is also becoming a factor for some members. There is growing fear among Democratic members that doing nothing will enable a return of Trump. If Democrats fail because of intraparty squabbles or letting the perfect be the enemy of the good enough for right now, they could find themselves on the tail end of a campaign message that Democrats are ineffective and that could pave the way back for Trump.

"The consequences of us failing are very severe. Not just for our party, not just for this President, but for Democracy itself," Khanna said on CNN last night,

 

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特朗普也说自己是deal-maker。
 

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特朗普也说自己是deal-maker。
川普就认钱,搞得美国分裂。

看看这次能不能做成deal,弥合红蓝,团结美国。
 

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拜登总统腹背受敌,今晚12点是最后期限。

15 min ago

Sanders says infrastructure bill "must be defeated" and calls efforts to cut last-minute deal "absurd"​

From CNN's Manu Raju and Lauren Fox

Sen. Bernie Sanders, standing outside Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s office, told CNN that the infrastructure deal should be “defeated.”

The Vermont senator also railed on tonight's late-night dealmaking effort.

"It is an absurd way to do business, to be negotiating a multi-trillion-dollar bill a few minutes before a major vote with virtually nobody knowing what's going on. That's unacceptable. And I think what has got to happen is that tonight, the bipartisan infrastructure bill must be defeated," Sanders said.

"So I want to see the infrastructure bill passed, but it's absolutely imperative that we pass a strong, reconciliation bill that deals with the needs of working families, and it deals with the existential threat of climate change," he continued.

Meanwhile, moderate Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema and White House officials are now meeting together in the Capitol basement.

This comes as House members were just advised that there will be no votes before 10 p.m. ET this evening, and that the House still stands in recess.
 

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这位民主党议员非常乐观。

2 hr 33 min ago

Lawmaker says he's "a thousand percent" sure House will pass infrastructure bill tonight​

From CNN's Josiah Ryan

(CNN)


(CNN)

Democratic Rep. Josh Gottheimer, a key moderate, said he continues to stand by his prediction from earlier in the day that the House will vote on and pass the bipartisan infrastructure deal before the night is over.

"A thousand percent," replied the New Jersey congressman, when asked by CNN's Wolf Blitzer if he stood by his optimistic forecast from earlier in the day.

"I'm optimistic," continued Gottheimer. "It's going to be a late night but we've got the Chinese food out and we're going to be eating late...by the time we finish this, we're going to deliver the largest infrastructure investment in a hundred years for our country."

Gottheimer expressed confidence in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's behind the scenes whip operation, saying he believed a sufficient number Democrats would choose to support President Biden's agenda by voting time.

"I think it's tough to vote against, if you're a Democrat right now, to vote against this critical part of the President's agenda," he said. "I don't think anyone wants to tank that...I'm totally optimistic that it's going to pass."
 

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Is Biden trying to do too much, too quickly? Probably. There have been significant successes – the vaccine rollout, the $1.9tn Covid relief bill, the return to the Paris climate accord. In terms of forcing social change, he seems to want to make up for what his cautious former boss, Barack Obama, failed to do – all at once. If Biden, 79 in November, is an old man in a hurry, it’s because he lacks time as well as votes.
 

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The bipartisan infrastructure vote has been delayed. Here's a recap of how today's negotiations unfolded.​

From CNN's Alex Rogers, Melanie Zanona and Daniella Diaz

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ruled against putting a $1 trillion infrastructure bill on the floor Thursday night, according to a leadership aide, after progressives rebelled, potentially delaying consideration until Democrats strike an agreement on a separate, much larger social safety net and climate legislation.

Pelosi's decision came after hours of intense negotiations, including a call with President Biden and a crush of meetings and calls with members of the House Democratic caucus.

The progressives' stance today: Liberal Democrats were confident this week that they had the numbers to block the bill, which would spend hundreds of billions of dollars upgrading roads, bridges, transit, rail, broadband, airports, ports and waterways.

They hope their hardball tactics would push moderates to support their top priority: a $3.5 trillion bill known as the Build Back Better Act. That legislation would expand the child tax credit and Medicare's ability to cover vision, hearing and dental care, fund community college and universal pre-kindergarten initiatives, combat climate change, and fund elder care and paid leave programs. The $3.5 trillion bill would be paid for, at least in part, by tax increases primarily on corporations and the wealthy.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders told CNN that the infrastructure deal should be "defeated" and railed against Pelosi's late-night deal-making effort.

"It is an absurd way to do business, to be negotiating a multi-trillion-dollar bill a few minutes before a major vote with virtually nobody knowing what's going on," Sanders said. "That's unacceptable. And I think what has got to happen is that tonight, the bipartisan infrastructure bill must be defeated. And we can sit down and work out a way to pass both pieces of legislation."

Progressives said they would withhold their support on the bipartisan infrastructure package until moderates strike a deal with them on the Build Back Better Act. Washington state Rep. Pramila Jayapal, the Congressional Progressive Caucus chairwoman, told CNN she was not worried that her liberal colleagues would break ranks.

The moderates' stance today: Pelosi's effort to pass the infrastructure bill today was complicated by West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, who said Thursday he would support a much smaller, $1.5 trillion bill expanding the social safety net, and Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema. The two moderate Senate Democrats met for about 45 minutes on Thursday evening, as they tried to find a way forward on both the infrastructure and Build Back Better plans.

With a split Senate and a slim hold on the House, Democrats are leveraging their power to make sure their colleagues support their bills, which comprise Biden's domestic agenda.

What comes next: House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer confirmed in a statement that the House will "remain in recess subject to the call of the Chair during this same legislative day of September 30, and will reconvene no earlier than 9:30 a.m. tomorrow morning."

Members are "further advised" that the House is expected to "complete consideration" of the infrastructure bill tomorrow.

A White House official said they also expect talks to continue tomorrow on the framework for the larger social spending plan.
 

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Congress passes $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, delivering major win for Biden​



15 min ago

Here's what is in the bipartisan infrastructure bill that passed in Congress​

From CNN's Katie Lobosco and Tami Luhby

Congress passed the $1.2 trillion infrastructure package Friday, approving a signature part of President Joe Biden's economic agenda.
It will deliver $550 billion of new federal investments in America's infrastructure over five years, touching everything from bridges and roads to the nation's broadband, water and energy systems. Experts say the money is sorely needed to ensure safe travel, as well as the efficient transport of goods and produce across the country. The nation's infrastructure system earned a C- score from the American Society of Civil Engineers earlier this year.
Democrats claim the bill pays for itself through a multitude of measures and without raising taxes. But the Congressional Budget Office brushed aside several of those pay-for provisions, ultimately finding the bill would add $256 billion to the deficit over the next 10 years. It's significantly smaller than the $2.25 trillion proposal that Biden unveiled in March, known as the American Jobs Plan.
Here's what's in the the bill and what it would fund:
  • Funding for Roads and Bridges: The bill calls for investing $110 billion for roads, bridges and major infrastructure projects. That's significantly less than the $159 billion that Biden initially requested in the American Jobs Plan. Included is $40 billion for bridge repair, replacement and rehabilitation, according to the bill text. The White House says it would be the single, largest dedicated bridge investment since the construction of the interstate highway system, which started in the 1950s.
  • Money for transit and rail: The package would provide $39 billion to modernize public transit, according to the bill text. That's less than the $85 billion that Biden initially wanted to invest in modernizing transit systems and help them expand to meet rider demand.
  • Broadband upgrade: The bill would provide a $65 billion investment in improving the nation's broadband infrastructure, according to the bill text. Biden initially wanted to invest $100 billion in broadband. It also aims to help lower the price households pay for internet service by requiring federal funding recipients to offer a low-cost affordable plan, by creating price transparency and by boosting competition in areas where existing providers aren't providing adequate service. It would also create a permanent federal program to help more low-income households access the internet, according to the White House fact sheet.
  • Upgrading airports, ports and waterways: The deal would invest $17 billion in port infrastructure and $25 billion in airports to address repair and maintenance backlogs, reduce congestion and emissions near ports and airports and promote electrification and other low-carbon technologies, according to the White House. It is similar to the funding in Biden's original proposal.
  • Electric vehicles: The bill would provide $7.5 billion for zero- and low-emission buses and ferries, aiming to deliver thousands of electric school buses to districts across the country, according to the White House. Another $7.5 billion would go to building a nationwide network of plug-in electric vehicle chargers, according to the bill text.
  • Improving power and waterways: The bill would invest $65 billion to rebuild the electric grid, according to the White House. It calls for building thousands of miles of new power lines and expanding renewable energy, the White House said. It would provide $55 billion to upgrade water infrastructure, according to the bill text. It would replace lead service lines and pipes so that communities have access to clean drinking water, the White House said. Another $50 billion would go toward making the system more resilient — protecting it from drought, floods and cyberattacks, the White House said.
  • Environmental remediation: The bill would provide $21 billion to clean up Superfund and brownfield sites, reclaim abandoned mine land and cap orphaned gas wells, according to the White House.
Read more about what is in the bill here.

9 min ago

House passes Biden's infrastructure bill​

From CNN's Annie Grayer, Kristin Wilson, Jessica Dean, Morgan Rimmer, Manu Raju and Ted Barrett

The House just passed the $1.2 trillion bipartisna infrastructure bill, a massive part of President Biden's economic agenda. It will now go to his desk to be passed into law.

The final vote was 228-206. Democrats could be heard cheering and clapping on the House floor after the gavel.

GOP Reps. John Katko, Don Bacon, Jeff Van Drew, Don Young, Fred Upton, Adam Kinzinger, Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio, Brian Fitzpatrick, Tom Reed, Andrew Garbarino, Nicole Malliotakis, David McKinley, and Chris Smith of New Jersey, voted with Democrats to pass the bill.

Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Cori Bush, Jamaal Bowman, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib voted against their party in opposition to the bill.

When Democrats hit the number of 218 votes, which was enough to pass the bill, many Democrats stood up and clapped. A large group of Democrats huddled around House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, giving her fist bumps and high fives.

The legislation passed the Senate in August, but stalled in the House as Democrats tried to negotiate a deal on a separate $1.9 trillion economic package, another key component of Biden’s agenda that many Democrats had tied to the fate of the infrastructure bill.

35 min ago

Here are the 6 House Democrats who broke from their party to vote against the infrastructure bill​

From CNN's Annie Grayer

While Democratic leaders managed to unify House progressives and moderates to hold a vote on the Senate-passed bill, not all members of the party ultimately supported it.
A number of progressives — who have consistently called for both the infrastructure and the separate economic package, known as the Build Back Better Act, to move together — voted "no" on passing the legislation.
Here are the six House Democrats who broke from their party to vote against the bill:
  • Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York
  • Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota
  • Rep. Cori Bush of Missouri
  • Rep. Jamaal Bowman of New York
  • Rep. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts
  • Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan
Omar explained her decision to vote against the bill in a statement following the vote.
"From the beginning, I have been clear that I would not be able to support the infrastructure bill without a vote on the Build Back Better Act," Omar said. "Passing the infrastructure bill without passing the Build Back Better Act first risks leaving behind childcare, paid leave, health care, climate action, housing, education, and a roadmap to citizenship.”

9 min ago

These are the 13 Republicans that voted in favor of the infrastructure bill​

From CNN's Annie Grayer

The House on Friday voted 228-206 to pass a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill after hours of delays and internal debating among Democrats, sending the bipartisan measure to President Biden's desk for his signature.
Thirteen Republicans in the House voted with Democrats to approve the bill. They are:
  • Rep. John Katko of New York
  • Rep. Don Bacon of Nebraska
  • Rep. Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey
  • Rep. Don Young of Alaska
  • Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan
  • Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois
  • Rep. Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio
  • Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania
  • Rep. Tom Reed of New York
  • Rep. Andrew Garbarino of New York
  • Rep. Nicole Malliotakis of New York
  • Rep. David McKinley of West Virginia
  • Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey
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Here's a look at what is in the bipartisan infrastructure bill​

From CNN's Katie Lobosco and Tami Luhby

The Senate passed a massive, $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill in August and now the House needs to vote on it before it goes to President Biden's desk to be signed into law.

It will deliver $550 billion of new federal investments in America's infrastructure over five years, touching everything from bridges and roads to the nation's broadband, water and energy systems. Experts say the money is sorely needed to ensure safe travel, as well as the efficient transport of goods and produce across the country. The nation's infrastructure system earned a C- score from the American Society of Civil Engineers earlier this year.

Democrats claim the bill pays for itself through a multitude of measures and without raising taxes. But the Congressional Budget Office brushed aside several of those pay-for provisions, ultimately finding the bill would add $256 billion to the deficit over the next 10 years. It's significantly smaller than the $2.25 trillion proposal that Biden unveiled in March, known as the American Jobs Plan.

Here's what the bill would fund:
  • Funding for Roads and Bridges: The bill calls for investing $110 billion for roads, bridges and major infrastructure projects. That's significantly less than the $159 billion that Biden initially requested in the American Jobs Plan. Included is $40 billion for bridge repair, replacement and rehabilitation, according to the bill text. The White House says it would be the single, largest dedicated bridge investment since the construction of the interstate highway system, which started in the 1950s.
  • Money for transit and rail: The package would provide $39 billion to modernize public transit, according to the bill text. That's less than the $85 billion that Biden initially wanted to invest in modernizing transit systems and help them expand to meet rider demand.
  • Broadband upgrade: The bill would provide a $65 billion investment in improving the nation's broadband infrastructure, according to the bill text. Biden initially wanted to invest $100 billion in broadband. It also aims to help lower the price households pay for internet service by requiring federal funding recipients to offer a low-cost affordable plan, by creating price transparency and by boosting competition in areas where existing providers aren't providing adequate service. It would also create a permanent federal program to help more low-income households access the internet, according to the White House fact sheet.
  • Upgrading airports, ports and waterways: The deal would invest $17 billion in port infrastructure and $25 billion in airports to address repair and maintenance backlogs, reduce congestion and emissions near ports and airports and promote electrification and other low-carbon technologies, according to the White House. It is similar to the funding in Biden's original proposal.
  • Electric vehicles: The bill would provide $7.5 billion for zero- and low-emission buses and ferries, aiming to deliver thousands of electric school buses to districts across the country, according to the White House. Another $7.5 billion would go to building a nationwide network of plug-in electric vehicle chargers, according to the bill text.
  • Improving power and waterways: The bill would invest $65 billion to rebuild the electric grid, according to the White House. It calls for building thousands of miles of new power lines and expanding renewable energy, the White House said. It would provide $55 billion to upgrade water infrastructure, according to the bill text. It would replace lead service lines and pipes so that communities have access to clean drinking water, the White House said. Another $50 billion would go toward making the system more resilient — protecting it from drought, floods and cyberattacks, the White House said.
  • Environmental remediation: The bill would provide $21 billion to clean up Superfund and brownfield sites, reclaim abandoned mine land and cap orphaned gas wells, according to the White House.
Read more about what is in the bill here.
 

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美国国会这些70-80岁的老人,也真够辛苦,虽然不是每天996,可也需要偶尔奋斗到半夜,凌晨。投票,决定国家的前途,命运。
 

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据说里面有几个billion是用来修充电桩的,所以ev概念股都大涨。
 

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能有四分之一用到基建上就不错了。大头还是背后的利益集团捞走了。无利不起早,这帮蛀虫联合分赃当然不打架了。
 

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美国国会这些70-80岁的老人,也真够辛苦,虽然不是每天996,可也需要偶尔奋斗到半夜,凌晨。投票,决定国家的前途,命运。
我也觉得这些老年人们是挺励志的 :good: :good: :good: 无法想象我自己到他们那个年龄还能承担这么大的工作强度、责任压力, 佩服。另外还有英国女王。。劳模, 向他们学习。
 

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我也等了一个月了,总算过了。
 
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