Bipartisan group reaches agreement on infrastructure spending framework

Rep. Jason Smith, R-Mo., argues America’s roads and bridges can be rebuilt using unspent money from COVID relief packages.

A bipartisan group of 10 senators said Thursday it has reached a tentative agreement on a “realistic, compromise framework” for an infrastructure spending package.

The announcement came after weeks of negotiations between the Biden administration and top GOP lawmakers. President Biden engaged with key members of the group in recent days after talks broke down with a separate group led by Sen. Shelley Capito, R-W.Va.

“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. “This investment would be fully paid for and not include tax increases.”

“We are discussing our approach with our respective colleagues, and the White House, and remain…

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