US Sen. Mark Warner feels ‘good’ about bipartisan negotiations on infrastructure bill


PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — United States Sen. Mark Warner is one of 10 senators who crafted a nearly $1-trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill.

Warner said Wednesday that under this plan, America’s aging roads, bridges, railways and airports would all get a big overhaul.

Warner said the record investment of $579 billion would include $110 billion-plus for roads, bridges and other transportation upgrades; $33 billion in smart grid improvements; $40 billion toward clean energy sources; as well as something we on the East Coast need.

“It would include for a state like Virginia — where we see communities like Norfolk under the regular threat of flooding — $47 billion for resiliency,” he said.

Here’s the problem for the bipartisan bill: to pass, they need 60 votes in a Senate that is split 50-50. A handful of progressive Democrats also oppose it.

Democrats are also pursuing another path to get an infrastructure bill to the president: that is the budget reconciliation process.

It would allow Democrats to pass legislation without the need for GOP support; But again, they would need all 50 Democrats on board.

We’ll continue to follow developments in DC.

Click here to subscribe to WAVY’s Daily Newsletter emails.

Get the free WAVY News App, available for download in the App Store and Google Play, to stay up to date with all your local news, weather and sports, live newscasts and other live events.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Election Day Links

More Election Day Links

Trending Stories

WAVY Twitter Widget

***Don’t Miss Module Removal CSS***

WAVY Facebook