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Bipartisan senators finally make a deal on infrastructure bill with Biden

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By Jenny Goldsberry

President Biden announced on the White House lawn Thursday that he reached a deal with the bipartisan group of senators on the infrastructure bill. Their framework proposes about $953 billion towards various projects.

“To answer the direct question, we have a deal,” Biden said. “We have made serious compromises on both ends.”

Together they decided $559 billion to be invested in roads, broadband internet, electric utilities and other traditional infrastructure projects. The rest of the nearly $394 billion is going towards other nontraditional infrastructure. Much of the bill goes toward combating climate change and also “environmental remediation.” As a result, Biden has been able to define “infrastructure” in a more broad sense.

Meanwhile, only 21 senators have endorsed the proposed bill so far. Eleven are Republican and ten are Democrats. The bill will have to get 60 votes to pass legislation in the Senate.

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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White House Confirms It Is Looking Into Shutting Down Oil Pipeline Amid Fuel Crisis

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The Biden administration confirmed that it is considering shutting down an oil pipeline in Michigan despite the ongoing fuel crisis in the country.

“Revoking the permits for the [Line 5] pipeline that delivers oil from western Canada across Wisconsin, the Great Lakes and Michigan and into Ontario, would please environmentalists who have urged the White House to block fossil fuel infrastructure, but it would aggravate a rift with Canada and could exacerbate a spike in energy prices that Republicans are already using as a political weapon,” Politico Pro reported. “Killing a pipeline while U.S. gasoline prices are the highest in years could be political poison for Biden, who has seen his approval rating crash in recent months.”

Fox News reporter Peter Doocy asked about the report during Monday’s press briefing, asking, “why is the administration now considering shutting down the Line 5 pipeline from Canada to Michigan?”

“So, Peter, that is inaccurate,” Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre claimed. “That is not right. So, any reporting indicating that some decision has been made, again, is not accurate. … So, again, I would — it is inaccurate what you just stated, but —”

“What’s inaccurate?” Doocy asked.

“The reporting about us wanting to shut down the Line 5,” Jean-Pierre said.

“I didn’t say ‘wanting.’  I said, is it being studied right now?  Is the administration studying the impact of shutting down the Line 5?”

“Yeah. Yes, we are. We are,” Jean-Pierre admitted.

 

The news comes as gas prices have reached their highest since 2014, when Biden was vice president, and are currently about 50% higher than they were when Biden entered office.

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