Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Passes the Senate

On August 10, 2021, the Senate passed a $1.2T bipartisan infrastructure bill, providing over $380B over five years for highways, transit programs, and broadband deployment formula grants to the states. The bipartisan infrastructure bill did not include “soft” infrastructure, i.e. community health centers’ ask for $10B over 5 years for capital improvement projects. The soft, or social, $3.5T infrastructure bill will work its way through the Senate budget reconciliation process, where it will need all 50 Senate Democrat votes to move forward. In addition to CHC capital funding, that bill is likely to include expanded Medicare coverage of dental and vision services. Speaker Nancy Pelosi has shared that once the reconciliation bill has passed the Senate, she will put both bills up for a vote as a package in front of the House of Representatives.

Published on 08/18/2021