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Bipartisan agreement on need for water upgrade, but not on costWASHINGTON – When lawmakers begin in earnest to consider President Joe Biden’s expansive $2 trillion infrastructure plan, one area of bipartisan agreement may be its call for upgrading drinking water and wastewater infrastructure. The biggest question, however, is whether the ambitious $111 billion Biden calls for is too high a price tag for Republicans. Republican lawmakers were publicly quiet Wednesday about the water section of the proposal, reserving their criticism for the overall package and tax hikes. But privately, they exp…

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