The Incoming Biden Administration Raises the Possibility of More Infrastructure Weeks and More Infrastructure Spending
All indications suggest that infrastructure will be a major priority for both the White House and Congress next year. Whether anything will get passed is another question.
Both President-elect Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D–Calif.) have thrown their support behind big new spending initiatives, and some Senate Republicans have said that infrastructure could be one area ripe for bipartisan policymaking. And next September 2021 the federal government’s major surface transportation programs—covering everything from passenger rail to roads—will expire, providing an opportunity for a major overhaul of transportation spending.
“It would seem to be something that we can work together on in a productive way,” Sen. John Barrasso (R–Wy.) told The Wall Street Journal, though he threw cold water on the Democrats’ most profligate spending plans.
Barrasso, who chairs the Senate’s Environmental and Public Works Committee, proposed a $287 billion surface transportation bill, with most of that money going toward roads and bridges.
That’s much less than what Democrats are looking to spend.
Earlier this year, the Democrat-controlled House passed a $1.5 trillion infrastructure package, of which $500 billion was dedicated to surface transportation spending. Funding that would require a doublin
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