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Infrastructure bill could pass committee in May, Carper said

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According to Senator Tom Carper, the highlight of President Joe Biden’s large transportation infrastructure package could pass a major Senate committee by the end of May.

Carper, Delaware, head of the Environmental and Public Works Commission, said the infrastructure initiative could be signed by the end of September as part of Biden’s broader economic recovery program.

“That’s our schedule. We’re already working on it,” Carper told reporters on March 10.

The Commission’s work is the first step in Biden’s upcoming long-term economic stimulus package. The “Build Back Better” program will be the next big focus for Democrats who control the Senate and the House of Representatives, far more broad than the $ 1.9 trillion pandemic bailout bill that Biden plans to sign on March 12.

Carper said there was still no agreement on the total amount of the transportation infrastructure portion of the package. He approved a five-year plan worth about $ 290 billion for his committee to fund roads, highways and bridges in 2019, and the House of Representatives $ 320 billion over five years, excluding transit projects. He said he had passed a considerable bill. Neither of those proposals became a law. Carper said this year’s proposal could be worth about 30% more, “starting from there.”

The Democratic chairman said he was confident that at least 10 Republicans would support the infrastructure bill. This allows the Senate to pass the bill without using the budget adjustment process or changing the rules of the Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Carper and his panel’s top Republican, West Virginia Senator Shelley Moore Capito, will consult with the Governor and the state’s transport department to all Senators by March 19 to comment on their requests. He said he asked for preparation. Hearing before creating the package.

— With the support of Erik Wasson.

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