U.S. Senate to vote on infrastructure after bipartisan breakthrough

WASHINGTON, July 28 (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate will vote on Wednesday on whether to move forward on a $1.2 trillion infrastructure deal after negotiators reached agreement on the major components of the package that is a key priority of President Joe Biden, lawmakers said.

The bipartisan agreement, which follows months of talks between Senate Democrats and Republicans, is expected to gain strong support from lawmakers from both parties.

The Senate’s top Republican, Mitch McConnell, said on Twitter Wednesday he “will vote to proceed to the bipartisan infrastructure bill.”

Democrats intend the bill — which includes funding for roads, bridges, broadband and other physical infrastructure — to be the first of a pair of packages, followed by a sweeping $3.5 trillion “human infrastructure” package that faces staunch Republican opposition and some dissent among moderate Democrats.

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Source: Reuters, David Morgan, Susan Cornwell