U.S. Senate OKs $1.2T bipartisan infrastructure bill

Baldwin votes yes, Johnson votes no

By: - August 10, 2021 1:53 pm
Joe Biden - La Crosse

President Joe Biden was in La Crosse on Tuesday to sell his infrastructure plans. (Screenshot | White House)

The U.S. Senate passed 69-30 on Tuesday a sweeping bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure package, a milestone for one of President Joe Biden’s priorities after months of negotiation.

Johnson said he objected to how the bill was funded: “We need to spend money on infrastructure. We also need to stop further mortgaging our children’s future. What’s so unfortunate about the infrastructure bill that just passed is we could have accomplished both goals by repurposing money from the Democrat’s 100% partisan ‘COVID relief’ bill that isn’t even spent until 2022 through 2028.

“Instead, the bill’s supporters deceived the public into thinking their bill was ‘paid for’ by using smoke-and-mirror gimmicks. … There’s no way I would support that deception from the swamp’s big spenders [and] I simply couldn’t help facilitate it.”

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Jacob Fischler
Jacob Fischler

Jacob covers federal policy as a senior reporter for States Newsroom. Based in Oregon, he focuses on Western issues. His coverage areas include climate, energy development, public lands and infrastructure.