The Senate voted 67-32 on Wednesday to advance the bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill.
Why it matters: After weeks of negotiating, portions of the bill remain unwritten, but the Senate can now start debating the legislation to resolve outstanding issues.
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It was the second time the chamber voted to invoke cloture on the legislation after the first vote failed last week.
17 Republicans voted with Democrats on Wednesday to advance the bill.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has said that he is considering keeping the Senate in session over the weekend to complete the bipartisan bill.
Details: The deal is expected to cost $1.2 trillion over eight years, and offers more than $550 billion in new spending, including...
$110 billion in new funds for roads, bridges, and major projects, $40 billion of which is new funding for bridge repair, replacement, and rehabilitation and $17.5 billion for major projects;
$73 billion for the country's electric grid and power structures;
$65 billion will be allocated for broadband;
$55 billion for clean drinking water;
$50 billion for flooding and coastal resiliency.
The big picture: The vote came after Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), the lead GOP negotiator, announced that the bipartisan group had an "agreement on the major issues."
The 17 Republicans to vote favor of advancing the legislation include:
Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.)
Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.)
Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.)
Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.)
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine)
Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.)
Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho)
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa)
Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.)
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska)
Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio)
Sen. James Risch (R-Idaho)
Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah)
Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.)
Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.)
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