Traffic flows through a construction area near the Bay Bridge in Annapolis, Maryland on May 21, 2021.
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A group of Republican and Democratic senators unveiled a transportation package over the weekend to top up highways, roads and bridges if Congress seeks non-partisan ways to repair the country's infrastructure.
The legislation, released by the Senate's Committee on Environment and Public Works, would increase funding 34% to a base value of approximately $ 300 billion over five years. The previous approval expired in 2020, and Congress passed a one-year extension due in September.
"This comprehensive, bipartisan legislation will not only help us rebuild and repair America's land transportation system, but also help us build new transportation infrastructure," said senior committee member Shelley Moore Capito, RW.Va., in a press release on Saturday .
The bipartisan proposal is endorsed by the Chairman of the Committee, Senator Tom Carper, D-Del., As well as the Chair and senior members of the Subcommittee on Transportation, Sens. Ben Cardin, D-Md., And Kevin Cramer, R-.ND .
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House Republicans on Wednesday unveiled a re-authorization of the land transport finance program – a $ 400 billion bill that provides for the funding of highways, bridges and transit systems.
The pressure on land transport comes from Washington struggling to reach an agreement on a broader infrastructure package.
The White House cut its original $ 2.3 trillion infrastructure plan to $ 1.7 trillion on Friday to help Republican senators, who tabled their own $ 568 billion infrastructure proposal in April, to submit a counter offer.
However, Moore Capito's office said the White House proposal was still "well beyond the range" Republicans in Congress would support.