A New 9B Infrastructure Plan Discussed in Senate

June 11, 2021

By Cao Hữu Tín

Photo by Wu Yi

This new spending is considered as a replacement for the $1 trillion deal suggested by President Joe Biden. Senators from both sides are planning a new package that does not require a tax hike.

“Our group – comprised of 10 Senators, 5 from each party – has worked in good faith and reached a bipartisan agreement on a realistic, compromise framework to modernize our nation’s infrastructure and energy technologies," the senators said in a joint statement.

The president and Congress see eye to eye about infrastructure investment, particularly concentration on road, highway, and other projects.

“This investment would be fully paid for and not include tax increases," they added. "We are discussing our approach with our respective colleagues, and the White House, and remain optimistic that this can lay the groundwork to garner broad support from both parties and meet America’s infrastructure needs.”

The 10 senators have been huddling behind closed doors, encouraged by Biden to keep working on the effort after he walked away from a Republican-only proposal this week unable to resolve differences. The senators are briefing their colleagues privately and cautioned changes could still be made.