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Lawmakers Tap Budget Maneuvers to Make Infrastructure Plan Work

June 24, 2021, 9:48 PM

A bipartisan Senate group succeeded in finding $579 billion to pay for their infrastructure framework by relying on tried-and-true budget maneuvers that have yet to be scrutinized by Congress’s official scorekeepers.

The spending on roads, bridges, public transit and other items in the deal is offset by a hodgepodge of revenue-raising measures, economic-impact assumptions and projected savings from eliminating waste.

It’s the result of weeks haggling over where to find hundreds of billions of dollars without reversing the 2017 tax cuts -- a red line for Republicans -- or increasing levies on households making less than $400,000, a Democratic priority. ...