The Senate passed a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill on Tuesday, and a $3.5 trillion budget resolution early this morning that, combined, could represent the last major opportunity for Democrats to enact President Joe Biden’s promised action on climate change. The bipartisan infrastructure package contains just $550 million in new spending and primarily focuses on making American infrastructure more resilient to climate change. The non-binding budget resolution lays out priorities for Senate committees to set funding levels, which Democrats plan to enact using the budget reconciliation process to avoid lockstep GOP opposition.
Both House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the House Progressive Caucus have said they will not vote on the smaller bipartisan package until the Senate passes the finalized budget which, in addition to fighting climate change, will also include, among other Democratic priorities, early childhood education, tuition-free community college, and potentially a pathway to citizenship for millions of immigrants. (Bipartisan infrastructure bill: Washington Post $, New York Times $, CNN, E&E $, Politico, Washington Post $, New York Times $, The Hill, Bloomberg $; Budget resolution: AP, New York Times $, HuffPost, Politico Pro $; Progressive demands: New York Times $, NPR, Politico Pro $, USA Today, Forbes; Process and politics: Politico, E&E $)