Last Monday, Senators negotiating the bipartisan infrastructure deal released the final legislative text of the roughly $1T measure. The 2,702-page bill then went before the full Senate for debate and amendment earlier this week, on which votes over nearly twenty-four amendments have already been taken.
The bill was expected to be finalized by Thursday, but even after many hours of behind-the-scenes negotiations, lawmakers were unable to reach an agreement on several final amendments. Republicans also raised new concerns late Thursday when the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) announced that its analysis concluded the legislation would increase the federal deficit by $256B over the next decade. Senators from both sides of the aisle who have been negotiating the package disputed that determination. A final vote on the measure is expected on Tuesday morning.
The PA Chamber joined the U.S. Chamber and other organizations across the United States in encouraging the Senate to pass the measure, which would bolster aging transportation infrastructure and invest new spending to support long-term competitiveness.