Keeping Up With Infrastructure Plans: What’s Happening And What’s Next, September 2021

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There’s been so much news around our nation’s infrastructure, but what action has been taken and what can we expect next? Our monthly series will keep you in the loop from a high level!

What's Happening

There’s been so much news around our nation’s infrastructure, but what action has been taken and what can we expect next? Our monthly series will keep you in the loop from a high level! For a look back at last month, head to our August 2021 Infrastructure Bill Update!

We left off last month with the passing of President Biden’s $1 trillion Infrastructure Bill along with the $3.5 trillion budget resolution in the Senate. While the Infrastructure Bill allocates funds for transportation and water systems plus more materialistic infrastructure improvements, the budget resolution focuses on social infrastructure like healthcare, climate change mitigation, childcare, and education. We’re awaiting future developments as the bill makes its way onto the House Floor. 

Ample tension surrounded the use of a process called reconciliation to pass the budget resolution in conjunction with the Infrastructure Bill, largely due to the second bill expanding infrastructure in new ways to alleviate pandemic-related hardships faced by average working Americans.

Democrats are having a rough time finding a middle ground. The main points of disagreement surround the overall cost of the budget resolution. The passing of the budget will depend on all Democrats being on the same page because of a slim, 3 vote margin needed to use reconciliation to pass the bill without Republican support.

Another key point of contention for Republicans is how the Infrastructure Bill is being linked to the budget resolution. While this has caused a lot of concern for the party, there has not been an official blocking of the Infrastructure Bill. 

Will the effects from Hurricane Ida highlight the importance of rebuilding our physical infrastructure and taking preventative measures against climate change?  Will these needs make the bill more palatable to Republicans? 

What's Next

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi committed to having both bills reviewed and passed by September 27, 2021.  

Many communities are already envisioning what this infrastructure funding could mean for them. For example:

We’ll be watching to see if these, along with other infrastructure ideas, ultimately get funded and implemented. 

Are you interested in seeing the amount of funds being designated to your home state? Find out here

While the Infrastructure Bill is making progress, its most challenging days are ahead. Follow our monthly updates as we watch the story unfold.

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