On June 24, 2021, Jim Burnley was quoted in Logistics Management on a bipartisan deal for a new infrastructure spending package that accounts for approximately half what of President Joe Biden originally sought in his $2.25 trillion proposal.
According to the article, a group of ten senators, including Susan Collins (R-ME), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Rob Portman (R-OH), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Jon Tester (D-MT), and Mark R. Warner (D-VA), was invited to the White House on June 24 to discuss the latest proposal with the president. However, it is unclear whether GOP leaders, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), will sign off on the package.
Burnley told Logistics Management that he is hopeful about this development. “This is clearly a breakthrough, but there are still quite a few hurdles before it can become law," Burnley said. "That said, I am optimistic that something close to this will become law this year.”