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Senate Advances Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

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The bipartisan group of Senate negotiators speak to reporters just after a vote to start work on a nearly $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, July 28, 2021. From left are Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The Senate is moving forward with a bipartisan infrastructure plan. Senators voted 67-to-32 to advance the bill Wednesday, with 17 Republicans joining all 50 Democrats.

The vote sends the measure to a formal debate. The bill includes 550-billion dollars in new federal funding to expand Internet access, rebuild the electric grid and fix roads and bridges. A national infrastructure upgrade is one of President Biden’s top priorities.

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