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A running joke through much of the Trump administration was that once again it was Infrastructure Week. The gag’s premise rested on the absence of action. Despite all the talk about passing a bill to improve our roads, bridges, public transit, ports and broadband, nothing happened during Donald Trump’s tenure.
But last week, the Senate voted to move forward to debate such legislation, the first but crucially important step in our filibuster-heavy times. And that vote went far beyond the 60 senators needed to proceed, with 67 votes (from all 50 Democrats plus 17 Republicans) in favor and 32 opposed.
How did this happen?
It took political professionals to make a deal that the outsider could not.
One major player in making the deal was the…