Washington, D.C.: This afternoon Senate Republicans blocked the beginning of the formal debate on bipartisan infrastructure legislation because the bill was lacking text and cost wasn’t available as negotiations proceed. The initial vote went 51-49 and to pass it needs to clear 60 votes. Now everyone goes back to the drawing board, senators from both parties agreed it will be a short turn around they are expecting another vote to come as soon as Monday. This allows sufficient enough time to gather the coast and draft the legislation.
“We’re optimistic that once we get past this vote today that we’re going to continue our work and that we will be ready in the coming days, with a bill that’s drafted and scored.”
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine
Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah expects at least a dozen GOP senators to follow suit with the legislation. Eleven Republicans signed a letter to Schumer committing to support the next debate. All 22 members came together and released a statement saying;
“We have made significant progress and are close to a final agreement,” the statement said. “We will continue working hard to ensure we get this critical legislation right – and are optimistic that we will finalize, and be prepared to advance, this historic bipartisan proposal.”
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Source: USA Today
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