Majority Leader Schumer Floor Remarks On Continuing To Move Forward On Two Tracks With Infrastructure Legislation

June 23, 2021

Washington, D.C.   Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor regarding continued work on infrastructure legislation through both the bipartisan group and through the budget reconciliation process. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:

In addition to our important work on judicial appointments, the Senate is moving forward on multiple legislative proposals to make historic investments in our nation’s infrastructure.

We have a chance in this Congress to get something big and bold done on infrastructure, something we have not managed in a very long time. If we want America to prosper in the 21st Century, we can’t do it with infrastructure that’s stuck in the last century. This is our chance to update, modernize, repair, and rebuild for another century of American economic growth, creating thousands upon thousands of good-paying jobs in the process.

So later today, Speaker Pelosi and I will meet with representatives from the White House to discuss the next steps on this very topic. Here in the Senate, Democratic members of the Budget committee continue to build on the fruitful conversations we had last week. In fact, earlier today, I spoke with all of our committee chairs about a forthcoming budget resolution.

As I have said, discussions about infrastructure are progressing along two tracks. The first is bipartisan, and the second incorporates elements of the president’s American Jobs and Families Plan. The second track is something we must support even if it doesn’t get any Republican support.

For several weeks, the trains have been chugging down both tracks quite well. When the Senate returns after the July 4th state work period, it will be time to take the next step forward.

This summer, the Senate will begin considering the Fiscal 2022 budget resolution and a bipartisan infrastructure bill on the floor.

And it is my hope to have both a bipartisan infrastructure bill and a budget resolution for the Senate to consider this summer.

I believe the progress we’ve made in recent weeks will ultimately produce a result that will set our economy on a path to prosperity for generations to come.

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