House passes bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill after progressives drop opposition
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House lawmakers passed President Biden’s $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill late Friday night, securing a key victory for his administration and breaking a weeks-long deadlock between moderates and progressives that threatened to derail the legislation. The vote was 228-206, with 13 GOP lawmakers crossing party lines to join Democrats in voting in favor of the legislation.
The bill, which provides funding for physical infrastructure projects such as roads, bridges, water pipes and broadband internet, will now advance to President Biden’s desk for final approval. Senators already voted 69-30 to approve the legislation in August.
The legislation passed after months of negotiations, with Democratic leaders working frantically to reach a consensus that satisfied both progressive and moderate holdouts. Talks nearly collapsed on several occasions, including as recently as mere minutes before the vote.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi initially planned to hold votes on both pieces of legislation on Friday. But Pelosi was forced to abandon that schedule after some moderates demanded the Congressional Budget Office "score" the spending bill so they could better assess its financial implications. The scoring process can take several weeks, effectively delaying a vote on the spending bill.
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