President Biden announced he has agreed to a deal with a bipartisan group of senators.
Although many details remain unknown, the proposed deal will cost $1.2 trillion over eight years, with $579 billion in new spending, according to a fact sheet provided by the White House. However, this falls short of Biden’s initial $2.25 trillion plan which he unveiled in March.
Here’s what we know about some key parts of the deal:
- Roads and bridges: The plan includes $109 billion for roads, bridges and other infrastructure projects. This is $50 billion less than Biden requested initially.
- Public transit: The plan also provides $49 billion for public transit, $66 billion for rail, $25 billion for airports and $16 billion for ports and waterways.
- Water and power systems: $55 billion will be invested in water infrastructure and $73 billion in the nation’s power structure. Some of this money would be used to eliminate the nation's lead service lines and pipes.
- Broadband investment: The plan would provide $65 billion to make improvements to the country's broadband system. Originally, Biden wanted $100 billion to ensure citizens have reliable, high-speed internet. However, the President lowered his ask during negotiations.
- Electric vehicles: The bipartisan plan also includes $7.5 billion to build a network of electric vehicle chargers along highways and in rural and disadvantaged communities. The goal is to build 500,000 electric vehicle chargers. Another $7.5 billion will go toward making thousands of school and transit buses electric.
Things to keep in mind:
- How it will be funded: The full details on how the package would be paid for remain to be seen, but the bipartisan proposal focuses on using unspent funds from prior relief packages, as well as revenue from selling off strategic oil reserves. Moreover, lawmakers believe that they could bring in more than $100 billion from unspent pandemic unemployment benefits funding and from pursuing fraudulent jobless payments. It is uncertain whether these measures would provide that much money.
- What's missing: The deal leaves out Biden’s proposal to spend $400 billion to bolster caregiving for aging and disabled Americans – the second largest measure in his original package. Also left on the sideline: $100 billion for workforce development, which would have helped dislocated workers, assisted underserved groups and put students on career paths before they graduate high school. Nevertheless, Democrats said they still plan to push these ideas through separate legislation.
Read more about the plan here.
CNN's Alyssa Kraus contributed to this post.