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Republican lawmaker says public transit dispute holding up U.S. infrastructure bill

EconomyJul 25, 2021 12:50PM ET
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By Susan Cornwell

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The lead U.S. Republican negotiator on an infrastructure plan said on Sunday he hoped for a detailed agreement sometime this week despite a dispute over spending on mass transit, but a Democratic source said several other issues were also unresolved.

Lawmakers are hoping to hold a procedural vote in the Senate as soon as Monday on whether to start debate on the bipartisan plan, and negotiators are trying to nail down final details. Issues that have strained the agreement include a provision intended to lift workers' wages https://reut.rs/3rALYal.

A bipartisan framework brokered with President Joe Biden and announced over a month ago provides for $1.2 trillion in funding over five years, including about $579 billion in new spending on roads, bridges, ports and other public works projects. Lawmakers and the White House have been trying to fill in the gaps.

"We're about 90% of the way there," Senator Rob Portman, a Republican, told ABC's "This Week" on Sunday. "I feel good about getting that done this week," Portman said, adding that talks were continuing Sunday and the one issue outstanding was mass transit.

But a Democratic source close to the talks said a number of major issues were unresolved.

In addition to higher wages and public transit, the two sides are apart on ensuring safe drinking water, expanding broadband internet, repairing highways and bridges and using unspent COVID-19 relief money to pay for the program, the source said.

Nonetheless, Senator Mark Warner, a Democrat and member of the bipartisan group of 22 senators working on the plan, was optimistic they could produce something in writing by Monday.

"We’ll have that text. It will be out there tomorrow," Warner told "Fox News Sunday."

Democrat Biden has said the bipartisan plan is essential, but he also wants it to be followed by a much larger $3.5 trillion budget framework that would allow for spending on some of his other priorities, including climate measures and social spending.

Republicans say they will not back the larger plan. But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, says she will not hold a House vote on the bipartisan bill until the Senate also does the larger plan, an attitude that Portman attacked on Sunday.

"What she has just said is entirely counter to what President Biden has committed to and what the Senate is doing, which is a two-track process," Portman told ABC.

Asked whether Congress could end up with nothing passing, Portman said: "If she has her way we could."

Portman, without giving numbers, said Republicans had increased their own proposal for spending on public transit in the bipartisan plan. "We're not getting much response from the Democrats on it," he added. "My hope is that we'll see progress on that yet today."

Senate Republicans blocked a procedural vote https://reut.rs/372hcOe to open debate on the measure last week, saying they wanted to see a text of the measure first, although both parties have used "shell" or incomplete bills in the past to get floor action moving.

Republican lawmaker says public transit dispute holding up U.S. infrastructure bill
 

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Catholic Man
CatholicMan Jul 26, 2021 10:43AM ET
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How about a clause that says no unions can be involved?
Bret Lafrance
Bret Lafrance Jul 25, 2021 10:07PM ET
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what are the mass transit issues?
Catholic Man
CatholicMan Jul 25, 2021 10:07PM ET
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unions want more money
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Kaveh Sun Jul 25, 2021 6:16PM ET
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Dems can agree everything w Gop and then pass their own speding bill without Gop. But if they do that, They have nothing else to do. They need to show that they r working hard.
CHADWICK RICHINGTON
CHADWICK RICHINGTON Jul 25, 2021 1:30PM ET
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Doesn’t matter. Fed is still buying the entire market just buy calls on every dip
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jason xx Jul 25, 2021 1:26PM ET
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How can Republicans be against a a provision intended to lift workers' wages and their constituents let them get away with it. Do republicans making less than 250K a year making middle class wages really believe they are in the 1%? I do not get it they do this type of thing over and over.
Alan Rice
Alan Rice Jul 25, 2021 1:26PM ET
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Life is The Great Mystery to those who have been Lost.
Roger Miller
Roger Miller Jul 25, 2021 1:26PM ET
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Because many constituents are small business owners, often making less than $250,000 a year, that can not afford to pay higher wages given the rough year they have had.  Small and medium size business' are the largest job creator.
Klaus Weyers
Klaus Weyers Jul 25, 2021 1:26PM ET
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well said roger.. the left has no clue how the world really works.. they think it s big biz against poor workers.. there should never be a minimum wage or rent control.. stop messing with free markets.. if you dont like your job or feel underpaid.. start your own company and compete.
Ronald Warren
Ronald Warren Jul 25, 2021 1:20PM ET
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One big issue no one has mentioned is that our government has hit it's debt ceiling of 28.5 trillion. Congress has to approve more debt before the infrastructure bill or Biden's 3.5 trillion plan can go anywhere. Crazy spending, crazy times.
carol ruszin
carol ruszin Jul 25, 2021 1:20PM ET
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and your point is. Raise the ceiling.
Alan Rice
Alan Rice Jul 25, 2021 1:20PM ET
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Crazy is the word people use when they fail to comprehend. Think harder.
Alan Rice
Alan Rice Jul 25, 2021 1:20PM ET
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No. I think Ron's point was that ($28,500,000,000,000) + ($1,250,000,000,000) >($28,500,000,000,000 Current US National Debt Limit).-(Man, my zero finger is really getting tired.!!)
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Steve Cohen Jul 25, 2021 12:37PM ET
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Better move quickly as the rate of disinflation is increasing
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RepiglaCONS RULE
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Grow up or stop posting crap like this.
 
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