WASHINGTON, D.C. — The House of Representatives finally passed a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package late Friday.
The bill had been held up since August—when it passed the Senate with a 69-30 vote.
In the House, the vote was 228-206— with more than a dozen Republicans joining Democrats in voting for the bill.
President Joe Biden will sign the bill. It will provide money for roads and bridges improvements, as well as expanding broadband access.
Democrats wanted to simultaneously pass the infrastructure bill as well as a social spending bill.
Progressives and moderates spent months arguing about the price and scope for the bill, also known as the Build back Better Act.
According to the Democratic Party’s two wings, they have agreed to vote for the Build Back Better Act by Nov. 15, so that the Congressional Budget Office has enough time to score it.
Moderates expressed concern that the bill would increase the deficit.
The social spending plan includes provisions to combat climate change, expand Medicare, provide affordable housing, and reform immigration.
Should the House pass the social spending bill it would move to the Senate. There, Democrats hold the chamber by the narrowest of margins. In order for the bill to reach the president, it would likely need the support of every Democratic senator — even moderates like Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Sen. Krysten Sinema, who have raised concerns about the package’s price tag.
Sinema and Manchin have already asked the Democrats to eliminate certain provisions from the Social Spending Bill, including tax breaks for power companies and penalties that encourage them to look into renewable energy sources. Some aspects of the bill have been reduced, such as the child tax deductions.