Will House Democrats’ infrastructure plan yield results?

U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi listens to House Majority Whip James Clyburn and Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone Jr. as they hold a news conference to unveil a $760 billion infrastructure spending bill proposed by House Democrats at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., January 29, 2020. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

The recently released infrastructure framework from House Democrats is a broad statement of purpose, not a specific legislative agenda, says Adie Tomer, a sign that it’s intended more as a platform for generating productive debate over the details–especially the always-contentious funding question. Tomer explains the wide range of programs covered in the proposal, why Democrats are putting it forth now, and why progress on infrastructure priorities is so hard to achieve.

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