The local leaders said they were among more than 400 mayors across all 50 states pressing their local delegations to back the proposal as the U.S. Senate prepares to take up the plan this week.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, has said senators on Wednesday, July 21, would vote on a vehicle bill that could be used to shuttle the bipartisan plan. Ten Republican senators, along with all 50 Democrats, will have to support the bill to advance it.
Legislative leaders along with the White House over the weekend continued negotiations to decide the best mechanism to pay for the proposal. But as of Monday, they’d not yet reached an agreement.
Democrats in Congress, along with the White House, have also said they’ll advance a separate $3.5 trillion budget resolution, throwing additional political dynamics into the push to get a plan across the finish line.
Meanwhile, local officials on Monday pressed the state’s delegation and others to move the $1.2 trillion plan.
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