Alaska senators mixed on weekend votes moving $1T infrastructure bill toward finish line

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The street in front of the U.S. Capitol could use resurfacing. (Liz Ruskin/Alaska Public Media)

The U.S. Senate is inching toward passage of a trillion-dollar infrastructure bill. It’s a top priority of Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who helped negotiate it. The bill includes billions for Alaska’s roads, bridges and ferries, plus funds for broadband and water projects in rural communities.

The bill has enough Republican votes to pass, but it’s not clear how Sen. Dan Sullivan will vote. He hasn’t announced his position. In a procedural vote Saturday, Sullivan voted against advancing the legislation. His spokesman said he favored more debate and opportunities to amend it.

But late Sunday, in another procedural vote, Sullivan was among 18 Republicans who joined Democrats to support the bill.

The Senate could pass the infrastructure package early Tuesday, sending it to the House.

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Liz Ruskin is the Washington, D.C., correspondent for Alaska Public Media. She reports from the U.S. Capitol and from Anchorage. Reach her at

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