Gaming Out the Infrastructure Talks

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer attends a news conference with mothers helped by Child Tax Credit payments at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., July 20, 2021. (Elizabeth Frantz/Reuters)

Our perception of the bipartisan infrastructure talks in the Senate has been strangely focused on process so far, because we still don’t really know the fine details of the substance of the proposal under discussion. We know the spending levels, and a bit about how that spending would be paid for, but much less about what that spending would be meant to achieve. That makes it impossible to know if the bill will be worth supporting.

For some people, the spending levels are enough reason to oppose the effort. They don’t need to know more than that Republicans are talking to …