U.S. senators expect infrastructure bill text on Sunday, predict passage this week


U.S. senators said they expected to see final text on Sunday for a sweeping $1 trillion package for roads, rail lines and other infrastructure, predicting final passage later this week.

Senator Susan Collins, a Republican from Maine, told CNN that she believes at least 10 Republicans will support the measure, enabling it to easily clear procedural hurdles.

“My hope is that we’ll finish the bill by the end of the week,” Collins said, adding that the measure is “good for America.”

A sizable bipartisan majority in the closely divided Senate has backed the bill in two procedural votes, although no lawmakers have seen the final text. Senate votes so far have been on a shell bill that will incorporate the actual legislation once it is complete.

On Friday, the Senate voted 66-28 to take up the bill with 16 Republicans joining all 48 Democrats and two independents. The Senate also convened a rare session on Saturday.

Senator Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, told CNN that the infrastructure bill should win strong support. But, he said he could not guarantee that a companion, $3.5 trillion ‘reconciliation’ spending bill can pass with the support of only Democrats, as it needs to be fully paid for.

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