A bipartisan group of 10 US senators said on Thursday it had succeeded to an agreement on a framework for a bill on infrastructure spending that would not include any tax increases.
The group of five republicans and five democratsrates gave no details, but a source close to the deal said it would cost $ 974 billion over five years and $ 1.2 trillion over eight years, and includes $ 579 billion of new spending.
Senators said they were discussing their approach with colleagues and the White House, and were optimistic about broad support.
"Our group ... worked in good faith and reached a bipartite agreement on a realistic compromise framework to modernize our country's infrastructure and energy technologies, "lawmakers said in a statement. " This investment would be fully paid for and would not include tax increases. "
Agreement proposes to use unspent COVID-19 funds and raise revenue to finance infrastructure investments in Indiaxing the federal gasoline tax to account for inflation, said a congressional source familiar with the negotiations.
The White House said she would work with senators to answer policy and funding questions. A person familiar with the thinking of President Joe Biden said the White House opposes any attempt to index gasoline taxes to inflation.
Democratic Majority Leader in the US Senate Chuck Schumer said earlier Thursday that he was open to a bipartisan infrastructure bill but wanted to see it in writing. He added that he could also push for a follow-up package that only had his party's backing.
Biden, a Democrat , lobbied for a $ 1.7 trillion package in Congress to renovate roads and bridges andtackle other issues such as education and home health care.
His plan collided with the Republican opposition and Biden earlier this week rejected a much smaller counter-proposal brought forward by Republican Senator Shelley Moore Capito.
That left room for the group of 10 moderate senators from both parties to present a new idea designed to generate enough support to pass through the 100-seat Senate with the 60 votes needed for most bills.
Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell also told the group he was open to their ideas, Republicans said.
Schumer said work was still moving forward on two tracks - one a bipartisan infrastructure bill and the other a measure which, if rejectedee, could be passed with only Democratic votes thanks to a maneuver called reconciliation that circumvents the rule requiring 60 votes for bills to move forward.
MCCONNEL IN LISTENING MODE '
Senators from the group who made the deal are Democrats Joe Manchin, Jeanne Shaheen, Kyrsten Sinema , Jon Tester and Mark Warner, and Republicans Bill Cassidy, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Rob Portman and Mitt Romney.
Collins told Hfrance.fr that the group had met McConnell and that he was in "listen mode ", but that he had not engaged one way or the other. .
Romney and Tester talked about a provision that could increase income by forcing the Internal Revenue Service to prosecute tax evasion.
At the same time, the billson infrastructure-related transport progressed at the congressional committee level.
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Republicans say Biden 's infrastructure plan invests too much money in tackling climate change and the implementation of certain programs socials. They also oppose his proposal to raise taxes on American corporations and the wealthy to pay.
The bipartisan push has been criticized by some Democrats who say Republicans focus tightly on physical infrastructure and that Biden should push forward his own plans without diluting them in negotiations.
The Senate is <50-50 pise between the two parties, although Vice President Kamala Harris could cast a decisive vote.
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