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Over 218 votes have reached YEA for the bill hitting the number needed to pass the bill in the House of Representatives. 13 Republican GOP and 213 democrats voted YEA for the bill to pass in the house only the Senate is need to pass the bill into law.
- The House on Friday night also plans to take up a procedural vote necessary to open the Build Back Better Act to passage as part of an agreement to get all Democrats on board with the infrastructure bill.
- The deal: Moderate holdouts for the Build Back Better Act, who demanded a CBO score before committing to vote on infrastructure, agreed to sign an assurance that they would vote in favor of its passage once the score is released, a lawmaker told Axios’ Hans Nichols.
- Biden got directly involved in the negotiations on Friday evening, delaying his departure to Rehoboth Beach amid the stalled legislation. Huddling with his policy and legislative teams, he made calls from the residence to House leadership, progressives and moderates to find a solution, per a White House
- What is in the Bill?
- $110 billion toward roads, bridges and other much-needed infrastructure fix-ups across the country; $40 billion is new funding for bridge repair, replacement, and rehabilitation and $17.5 billion is for major projects;
- $73 billion for the country’s electric grid and power structures;
- $66 billion for rail services;
- $65 billion for broadband;
- $55 billion for water infrastructure;
- $21 billion in environmental remediation;
- $47 billion for flooding and coastal resiliency as well as “climate resiliency,” including protections against fires, etc.;
- $39 billion to modernize transit, which is the largest federal investment in public transit in history, according to the White House;
- $25 billion for airports;
- $17 billion in port infrastructure;
- $11 billion in transportation safety programs;
- $7.5 billion for electric vehicles and EV charging; $2.5 billion in zero-emission buses, $2.5 billion in low-emission buses, and $2.5 billion for ferries;
- The bill will include language regarding enforcement of unemployment insurance fraud;
- And it will add $256 billion in projected deficits over 10 years, according to the Congressional Budget Office.