The US administration is optimistic about the imminent adoption in Congress of a $1.2 trillion infrastructure development plan. This was stated by the Minister of Commerce Gina Raimondo in an interview with CBS, which aired on Sunday.
“We are very close [to the adoption of the program]. These are the final touches, we are optimistic,” Raimondo said. – We [the US administration] interact with senators daily. We are in a very good mood.”
The Minister was asked to comment on the statements of the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the US Congress Nancy Pelosi (representing the Democratic Party) in an interview with ABC that the vote on the bill in the lower house may be postponed until a larger, so-called reconciliation plan worth about $3.5 trillion is adopted. “It is difficult and unusual. But this is what Americans want, what they deserve. < … > I constantly hear from business representatives: “Approve this plan,” the administration representative said.
At the same time, on July 22, the infrastructure plan did not pass a procedural vote in the Senate of the US Congress due to opposition from Republicans. The question of the beginning of the debate on the bill was put to the vote. To approve this initiative, at least 60 senators had to speak for it, but in the end, 49 senators voted for the transition to debates in the upper house, where the seats between Republicans and Democrats are equally divided, while the remaining 51 voted against.
The leader of the Democrats in the Senate, Chuck Schumer (from New York State), changed his vote at the last moment, also speaking out against the start of the debate. According to the American media, this technical step allowed him to put the issue to the vote again in a short time. One of the negotiators, Democratic Senator Mark Warner, told Fox News that lawmakers may begin considering the document on July 26.