#BREAKING: The Senate has voted to open debate on the $1.2T infrastructure bill. This is procedural, not final passage. That is for another day. More to come in a story soon for @CourthouseNews, including the final tally and explaining what the heck is going on.
The threshold of 60 votes needed was exceeded minutes ago and the current tally sits around 64-31.
Update: The Senate has voted 67-32 to open debate on the $1.2T infrastructure package.
WASHINGTON (CN) — After weeks of negotiations and a back and forth to rival Olympian-level table tennis, the Senate finally came together Wednesday, voting 67-32 to start formal debate on a sweeping $1.2 trillion infrastructure package.

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28 Jul
I will have a story coming up for you tonight on the infrastructure battle that is still very much alive in the Senate. A vote tonight to open debate on the $1.2T infra. pkg is expected to pass this evening but this is just one hurdle to clear. More soon for @CourthouseNews
Some highlights of the bill: it's $1.2T over several years with $550B in new spending; $110B for roads, $65B for broadband enhancements, $47B for flood/coastal resiliency; $39B for public transit upgrades; $73B for power grid updates + funding for renewable energy/carbon cap etc.
There's $7.5B for electric vehicles, school buses, ferries and that includes LNGs, hydrogen and fuel cell investments
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27 Jul
Good morning. The first hearing of the committee tasked to investigate the attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6th gets underway today. Thread will start here. Lawmakers debut the committee with testimony from officers who were on the front lines against the mob
I am in the room and we are about a half hour from starting. The panelists today will be US Capitol Police Sergeant Aquilino Gonnell, U.S. Capitol Police Private First Class Harry Dunn and Metropolitan Police Department officers Michael Fanone and Daniel Hodges.
TODAY: The medieval-style battle that was waged at the U.S. Capitol as thousands of people clamored to overtake the building and overturn the 2020 election comes into sharp relief Tuesday with first-of-its-kind testimony before a congressional committee.
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FTR: Kinzinger is often described as anti Trump. His voting record, however, demonstrates 90.2% support for Trump and his policy agenda. Kinzinger did not vote to impeach the 1st time, favored border wall policies, tax cuts for the wealthy in '17 etc:
Comparatively: Rep. Liz Cheney, also named by Pelosi to sit on the select 1.6 committee, heavily favored Trump's agenda and also did not vote to impeach the first time. Her record: 92.9%.
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#BREAKING Chairman of the select 1/6 committee, Bennie Thompson, names the senior staff investigating the attack on the Capitol: David Buckley, Kristin Amerling, Hope Goins, Candyce Phoenix and Tim Mulvey.
David Buckley will serve as staff director. He is an expert in insider threat protection and previously served as inspector general for the CIA.
Kristin Amerling will serve as deputy staff director & chief counsel. She is the former deputy counsel for the DoT & once served as chief counsel to the House cmtes on Energy/Commerce plus Oversight; she oversaw probes into Hurricane Katrina, '08 fin. crisis and the War in Iraq.
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The initial bipartisan commission proffered by Thompson and Katko would have given D's the right to choose 5, and R's the right to choose 5, with D's choosing the chair with R's choosing the vice chair.
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Hoyer: Your side had the opportunity to increase funding for the Capitol Police... and did your side decide to do? To a person, they voted no. We passed legislation to make the Capitol more secure and our police safer, we passed it, not with a single one of your votes.
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