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Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema talks about the bipartisan infrastructure package alongside (from left) GOP Sens. Kevin Cramer, Bill Cassidy, Lisa Murkowski, Susan Collins and Rob Portman.

Infrastructure bill takes rare bipartisan step forward, but still faces loud opposition

Senate Democrats and Republicans took a significant step this week to advance a bipartisan infrastructure package. However, the deal is far from done.

The Senate's 67-32 vote Wednesday cleared the first procedural hurdle and put lawmakers on track to begin debate on the $1 trillion proposal soon. This development was a big win for congressional bipartisanship at a time when cooperation between the two parties is rare.

But despite being negotiated by a bipartisan group of 22 senators, the infrastructure deal still received harsh criticism from both the right and the left. And some lawmakers were also hesitant to support the deal because the legislation has yet to be written.

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Independence Day is a time for celebration and reflection.

It's time to reframe the United States

Anderson edited "Leveraging: A Political, Economic and Societal Framework" (Springer, 2014), has taught at five universities and ran for the Democratic nomination for a Maryland congressional seat in 2016.

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2021 Future Summit

Organizer: Millennial Action Project

Location: Virtual

Each summer the Millennial Action Project (MAP) hosts the nation's largest bipartisan convening of young legislators at Future Summit. Because we're going virtual for this year's Future Summit, we are able to offer an opportunity for you to get involved in Future Summit!

We are thrilled to announce that Julie Chávez Rodriguez, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs at the White House, will be joining us on July 30, 2021. Director Julie Chávez Rodriguez's role as director is to engage with State, Local, and Tribal governments for the most effective State and Federal cooperation.

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These states show bipartisan election reform is possible

Since last year's election, state legislatures have been advancing changes to voting and election rules along one of two divergent paths. Democrats are seeking expansions, like no-excuse absentee voting, while Republicans are pushing for increased security measures, like voter ID requirements.

In much of the country, one side can easily have its way without even attempting to reach across the aisle because one party controls both the legislature and the governorship. And in the 12 states with divided governments, too often there is contention rather than compromise.

Some purple states, like Kentucky and Vermont, have leaned into compromise and enacted bipartisan election reforms. But in other states, like Pennsylvania, partisan infighting is overriding any potential for collaboration.

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