Under Biden, Infrastructure Is Back in Play. But Making a Deal Will Still Be Tough

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By Bill Lucia,

NOVEMBER 13, 2020

If Republicans keep control of the Senate, many of the obstacles to a package under President Trump will remain. But advocates along the political spectrum still see hope for a compromise.

There’s talk of an infrastructure package stirring again in Washington. In recent days, Democratic lawmakers in Congress and an adviser to President-elect Joe Biden suggested that having him in the White House raises the odds for bipartisan legislation that could pump money toward roads, transit, water systems and other public works.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi last week highlighted infrastructure as an area where her party might be able to work across the aisle, something that will be required if Republicans hold onto their Senate majority.

U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio, chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, was also upbeat, saying he and “Amtrak Joe” share goals when it comes to things like improving America’s rail network, cutting down on pollution from the nation’s transportation sector and making infrastructure more resilient to extreme weather.

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