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The Senate faces a “hell of a fight” amid doubts about infrastructure investments

The US Senate returned Monday to one of its most ambitious agendas in yearswith Democratic President Joe Biden calling for trillions of dollars in infrastructure spending and Republicans pledging a “hell of a fight” against tax hikes to pay for them.

Senate Majority Leader, Chuck Schumer opened the Senate after a two-week hiatus on July 4, saying: Progress has been made on both a bipartisan $ 1.2 trillion infrastructure plan and the first step towards another measure that would only be passed with democratic votes.

But given the 50:50 split in the Senate, it was uncertain whether the The democratic leader could achieve his goal of passing both measures through the chamber until sometime in August.

“If we are successful, the benefits will have an impact across the country for future generations,” said Schumer.

Work on the bipartisan part of the package continuedwho touted Biden to voters, but the plan’s top Republican Senator Rob Portman told reporters he didn’t know when detailed negotiations would be completed.

Roy Blunt, a member of the Republican Senate leadershipHe said, “It would be a pretty amazing thing” if a bill could win the support of all Democrats too catch the 10 necessary republicans to push it to the passage.

Last week, Schumer’s Republican counterpart, Mitch McConnell, promised a “hell of a fight” on the expected next stage of the process – a partisan, democratic initiative – while leaving open the possibility of his support for the emerging bipartisan law.

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