Infrastructure

See You in September

Update 549 — See You in September:State of Play as Lengthy Recess Begins The August recess is more of a misnomer this year than usual. Formal action, committee consideration, and votes won’t occur, but negotiations and conversations will continue behind the scenes, with the possibility of material progress. On Congress’ extensive to-do list after the …

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Cart and Horse

Update 544 — Cart and Horse:SOP on Bipartisan, Budget Deals After two-weeks off, both Congressional chambers are back in session, with two-track negotiations on big-ticket infrastructure bills topping the agenda. Eleven legislative days remain in the House and 17 in the Senate before recesses are slated to start. Democratic leadership has its sights on passing both a …

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Paying for Infrastructure

Update 541 — Paying for Infrastructure:The Financing Options and the Recovery Last week, President Biden and a bipartisan group of Senators struck a deal on a $579 billion infrastructure package. Democrats also seek to pass a second bill worth trillions in additional spending. But unclear is how to pay for it — through taxes that …

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Bipartisan Deal on the Table

Update 540 — Bipartisan Deal on the Table:What’s in It; What’s Left for Reconciliation? After weeks of intermittent talks and progress, the administration and a bipartisan group of 21 senators struck a deal yesterday on a large long-term investment in traditional domestic infrastructure. The $1.2 trillion package comprises just $579 billion in new spending, with …

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Infrastructure Pay-Fors

Update 531 — Infrastructure Pay-Fors:Financing Options and Considerations Congress has been grappling this week with the question of how to fund President Biden’s two-part $4.5 trillion infrastructure plan. The conversation in hearings on the Hill has largely focused on paying for the package with new or higher taxes, which runs counter to the goal of …

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Bills Beyond Relief

Update 515: Bills Beyond Relief:Paying For the Road to Recovery Now that President Biden’s $1.9 trillion relief bill, the American Rescue Plan (ARP), has officially been signed into law and almost entirely deficit-financed, focus is shifting to a new multi-trillion dollar package centered on infrastructure: The Recovery Act. Some are calling for revenue offsets to …

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Economic Policy Implications of the Midterms (November 13)

Update 312:  Economic Policy Implications of the Midterms and the 116th Congress The result of last week’s midterms will have important ramifications for economic policy during the 116th Congress.  Democrats have taken the majority in the House and will take majority control of key committees setting the legislative agenda. More than 100 women were projected …

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