The U.S. Senate started voting on amendments to the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package last week. There are two phases for infrastructure. Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar says this first phase focuses on roads and bridges. “We have billions of dollars for roads, freight and rail, water infrastructure, rural broadband and updates to the electric power grid.” The first phase will be financed by repurposing unused COVID-19 relief money and returned unemployment assistance from states. Funding for the second phase of infrastructure may result in tax changes for agriculture. Klobuchar says the second phase could be passed through reconciliation. “Reconciliation is a special process we used to pass the last pandemic relief. If it’s related to certain taxes, you don’t need all 60 votes, just 51. It may be a more Democratic bill, there will be tons of bipartisan work going into it.”
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