The US Senate has passed the $1.1 trillion US Infrastructure Security and Infrastructure Investment Act, which will provide critical infrastructure and other infrastructure services to the private sector, the White House announced on Tuesday.
The legislation will create a new national infrastructure security agency, which the White to President has called “a central element of the president’s vision for a new American infrastructure and economic recovery.”
The bill was supported by a bipartisan majority in the Senate and will now head to President Donald Trump’s desk for signature.
The White House has been working to win support for the bill for some time.
In April, the Trump administration said it had made progress in passing the infrastructure bill by pushing for bipartisan support, and had also been able to get enough Republican votes to pass the bill with a simple majority.
That progress has slowed since the summer, however, when the White house faced criticism from Republicans over the fact that the bill included a provision that would have allowed the president to veto any project that did not meet the criteria for an infrastructure investment program.
“It’s not an easy bill,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said in July, when Democrats were pushing to pass an infrastructure bill with only a simple two-thirds majority.
“The president and Congress have to do their job and make sure the president gets the support of both parties.
And that’s what the bill does.”
Earnest said the administration was “working to get more bipartisan support” for the measure.
But he added that the administration “will continue to fight for a robust and strong infrastructure investment package.”
On Tuesday, the bill passed the Senate on a vote of 67-31, with four Democrats joining all Republican senators in voting in favor.
“The Senate’s vote today confirms what we’ve been saying for months: that the American people have a real stake in the safety, security, and prosperity of our nation’s infrastructure,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement.
“As the Senate has worked to build consensus on this important legislation, the president and I have made progress on some important issues, but more work is needed to close the gap.”
House Speaker Paul Ryan, a Republican, said in April that the Whitehouse “needs to do a better job of explaining the impact of the bill.”
But Ryan has also been pushing to include the infrastructure-security provision in the infrastructure package that passed the House in May.