What's in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill as Senate Prepares to Vote?

The Senate will take a final vote on Tuesday morning on the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, which is expected to pass with support from both Democrats and Republicans.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced on Friday that debate on the infrastructure package will end at 11am ET and that the chamber will then vote. The passage of the bill is widely expected after 18 Republicans voted with Democrats to advance the bill on Sunday.

Though the total package comes to $1 trillion, just over half of that—$550 billion—is new spending. The rest is funding that had previously been agreed.

The bill contains financing for so-called traditional infrastructure such as roads and bridges, as well as investments in clean energy and high speed internet.

Here is an overview of the $550 billion in new spending.

Roads and Bridges

Around one-fifth of the new spending in the infrastructure package—$110 billion—will go to roads, bridges and other major infrastructure projects, including $40 billion for bridge repairs, replacements and rehabilitation.

There will be $17 billion to fund major projects that may be too large or complicated for traditional measures and $11 billion for transportation safety.

Another $1 billion will be spent on reconnecting communities that were previously divided by highways or infrastructure projects. This will involve rebuilding street grids, demolition, planning and other measures.

Trains and Transit

The infrastructure package will see $66 billion set aside for upgrading passenger and freight trains and aims to eliminate Amtrak's maintenance backlog. This will include $12 billion for partnership grants for intercity rail services and this will include high speed rail.

There will be $39 billion for modernizing public transit systems through measures like making stations accessible for all passengers, upgrading rail and bus fleets and expanding services to new areas.

High Speed Broadband

The bill will spend $65 billion on broadband infrastructure and will aim to give those living in rural areas reliable internet access as well as lower household internet costs by creating price transparency and requiring recipients of federal funds to offer affordable broadband plans. The infrastructure package will also set up a federal program to assist low income households in accessing the internet.

Electrical Vehicles and the Power Grid

The bipartisan package contains $7.5 billion for a network of electric vehicle charging stations and another $7.5 billion toward zero- and low-emission buses and ferries with the aim of delivering thousands of electric school buses across the nation.

In addition, $73 billion will be spent on power grid infrastructure, while the bill contains $46 billion to deal with damage from floods, droughts and wildfires.

Drinking Water and the Environment

A further $55 billion is allotted to improve the nation's water infrastructure, including the replacement of lead pipes, while $21 billion is earmarked for environmental remediation.

These remediation funds are aimed at cleaning up superfund and brownfield sites, as well as reclaiming abandoned mines and plugging orphaned oil and gas wells.

Ports and Airports

The bill sets aside $17 billion for port infrastructure and $25 billion for airports. This funding will address maintenance backlog issues as well as encouraging electrification.

When reached by Newsweek on Tuesday, Schumer's office pointed to his remarks on the Senate floor on Monday announcing the final vote for the infrastructure bill.

"So this is a very good day. We have come to an agreement. After all the long, hard negotiating, the stops and starts. We're here and it's a good thing, a very good thing for America," Schumer said.

Chuck Schumer Speaks to Reporters
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) speaks during a news briefing after the weekly Senate Democratic Policy Luncheon at the U.S. Capitol on June 22, 2021, in Washington, DC. The Senate is expected to pass a $1 trillion infrastructure deal on Tuesday. Alex Wong/Getty Images