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Business News Roundup, July 21, 2021

An uncertain future for an infrastructure bill, career disruptions for working parents, a spike in COVID-19 cases in Connecticut, and a challenge to an eastern Connecticut congressman are among the top business news items this morning.


Congress will hold a test vote on a nearly $1 trillion compromise infrastructure bill today as disputes reemerge over what infrastructure investments should cover, how much should be spent on them, and how the funds will be raised. The White House and Democrats are looking to pursue additional infrastructure spending that covers a variety of domestic goals, while Republicans are pursuing more traditional investments such as road and bridge repairs.

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Economists say that working parents likely suffered significant career disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, even if they managed to balance family obligations with their job. In addition to millions of women who have left the workforce to provide child care, parents have been more likely to work shorter hours, turn down assignments or promotions, or decide against changing jobs.


Connecticut’s COVID-19 daily test positivity rate has jumped to 2.71 percent, up from 1.53 percent a day earlier and the highest rate since May. A total of 54 people in the state are hospitalized with the virus.

Rep. Joe Courtney, an eight-term congressman covering much of eastern Connecticut, will face a challenge from within his own party in the next election. Anthony DiLizia of Stonington announced his intention to seek the Democratic nomination, saying he feels the length of Courtney’s tenure has resulted in a “political machine” in the district.

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