Senate Majority Leader Schumer Says He’s ‘Fully Committed to Passing’ $1.2 Trln Infrastructure Deal
14:40 GMT 01.08.2021 (Updated: 14:50 GMT 01.08.2021)
Earlier this week, former US President Donald Trump scolded Senate Republicans for cooperating with their Democratic counterparts on a hefty infrastructure package.
US Senators are expected to reconvene on Sunday, in a rare weekend session, where bipartisan negotiators are poised to finalise their $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill.
DC news outlet The Hill described the gathering as a “by-and-large sleepy session” which comes amid the Senate bipartisan group’s efforts to formally unveil the text of the infrastructure deal that is expected to see the light of day before the end of Sunday.
Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer announced on Saturday that he had been informed “the group is working hard to bring this negotiation to a conclusion, but they believe they need a little bit more time”.
“I'm fully committed to passing a bipartisan infrastructure bill, and so the Senate will remain in session today so they can bring this to a conclusion,” Schumer said.
He pledged to hold votes on the document before the Senate leaves for a weeks-long summer break.
"I have said for weeks that the Senate is going to move forward on both tracks of infrastructure before the beginning of the August recess. The longer it takes to finish, the longer we'll be here, but we're going to get the job done,” the Senate majority leader pointed out.
According to him, “senators from the bipartisan group continue to finalise the text of the agreement”.
GOP Senator Susan Collins has, meanwhile, told CNN that she believes more than 10 of her Republican colleagues may finally back the infrastructure package, while Democratic lawmaker Joe Manchin suggested in a separate interview with the news network that the final text of the bill may be available on Sunday.
Trump Scolds Senate Republicans Over ‘Terrible’ Infrastructure Deal
The comments came a couple of days after ex-US President Donald Trump minced no words when berating Senate Republicans for collaborating with their Democratic counterparts on the infrastructure bill, also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework (BIF) deal.
"Hard to believe our Senate Republicans are dealing with the Radical Left Democrats in making a so-called bipartisan bill on 'infrastructure'… This will be a victory for the Biden Administration and Democrats, and will be heavily used in the 2022 election. It is a loser for the USA, a terrible deal, and makes the Republicans look weak, foolish, and dumb,” Trump argued.
The $1.2 trillion BIF deal includes some $40 billion on bridge repair and rehabilitation, while $17.5 billion will be invested in projects that are either too large or too complex for traditionally-funded programmes. Some $73 billion will be pumped into clean drinking water projects and $21 billion will go to environmental remediation in the country.