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This is currently set on the economics of it all. This just covers the stuff like bridges, damns, etc. The report is broken down into 18 categories. Pretty interesting!

https://infrastructurereportcard.org/resources/investment-gap-2020-2029/

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Here's something that interested me. Biden original offer was 2.3 trillion infrastructure bill. The GOP came back with 568 billion. Now Biden has come down to 1.7 trillion.

White House offers Republicans $1.7 trillion infrastructure plan, down from $2.3 trillion

https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/...lan-down-from-23-trillion-185802353.html

Hopefully, the game of give and take will continue. The ball is in the republican's court. You've had offer, counter offer and counter offer to the counter offer. This is how it use to be, the two major parties negotiating with each other until a compromise is reached. Neither party happy with it, but the compromise kept us moving forward. There will always be another opportunity to get the rest later. One needs to remember that politics is the art of the possible. So we'll see.

I like this. Biden has shown he's willing and ready to negotiate and compromise, the onus is now entirely on the republicans. However this turns out, I think this make Biden a winner. All one can do is try, but it takes two to tango.


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I like this. Biden has shown he's willing and ready to negotiate and compromise, the onus is now entirely on the republicans. However this turns out, I think this make Biden a winner. All one can do is try, but it takes two to tango.


Yep. Republicans don't tend to bargain in good faith though. "Owning the libs" is more important than running the country.

I'd look for a lowball counter around $800 Billion.

Everybody knows we need the work done, everybody knows it's expensive, everybody is expecting some sort of bill to pass.

Everybody can be the hero, but I'm betting Repubs choose to be the heal.


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There is a lot of stuff covered in the plan that is not covered in the report card.
The report card is by engineers of physical stuff like roads and bridges. The other stuff is not and covers child care, child poverty (childcare), elderly and disabled care, etc.

The problem is not dealing with the stuff covered in the report card the problem is with the stuff not in the report card. The battle is, basically, between what everybody understands as infrastructure and social stuff not considered, by many to fall under 'infrastructure'. At one point I understand that the Republicans actually wanted to break the plan into two parts. One for stuff covered in the report card and stuff that was not.

My own view is to take care of the report card stuff, win big in 2022, and THEN try again!

I tend to take the do what you can and move on thing when you don't really have a real edge. On the other hand Biden can skip all of that and just do what he did with the Covid help thing.


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