Biden signed that roughly $1 trillion infrastructure package on Monday. Now, under the deal negotiated on Nov. 5, lawmakers will focus on the second half of the president’s agenda, known as Build Back Better. 

Colorado’s representatives have taken — or been given — some of the credit in crafting the bills and keeping them on track. And that influence may be tested as the caucus turns its attention to the thornier question of the Build Back Better Act, which would spend up to $1.75 trillion on social spending and climate change mitigation, among other priorities.

“It turns out that Colorado had an enormous amount of influence in the drafting of both the infrastructure bill and the Build Back Better bill,” said Sen. Michael Bennet, a Colorado Democrat, in an interview.

The two packages represent progress on several of Bennet’s priorities, most notably for continuing the expanded child tax credit that has sent thousands of dollars to millions of families, along with money for broadband internet and forest management.

“All of these were things I had developed in Colorado, working with Republicans and Democrats in rural and urban parts of the state,” Bennet said. “It was an opportunity for the president to be able to try to begin to stitch the country together again.”

Meanwhile, Rep. Perlmutter pointed to freshman Sen. John Hickenlooper as playing “a big role in getting the terms of the infrastructure bill together.” Hickenlooper was a member…

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