SRepublicans say they will vote Wednesday to block debate over a $ 1 trillion infrastructure framework due to unresolved differences and a lack of information on the package.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat from New York, rejected calls by key GOP negotiators to postpone the vote to Monday to allow more time to iron out differences and calculate detailed cost analyzes.
“There is absolutely no reason for him to ask to vote tomorrow, and that doesn’t advance the ball,” Senator Susan Collins, co-author of the package and Republican of Maine, told the Washington Examiner. any purpose except to alienate people.
Schumer will likely ensure he can revert the measure for a vote in the future, but Democrats would not commit to it on Tuesday, arguing that the GOP should simply vote to move on to the bill on Wednesday.
Republican leaders told reporters after a closed-door conference that they would not vote on a proposal without seeing the legislation, which has yet to be finalized.
“We are not going to the bill until we know what is in it,” said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky.
Schumer said he was determined to move forward and urged Republicans to vote to move the package forward with a promise from him that they could introduce amendments to change the measure once the floor debate begins. . He said Republicans have agreed in the past to move forward with major legislation with no full text available.
“There is no reason for this to fail,” the senator said. “The plan I have is very fair for the bipartisan process. We almost never wait for a complex bill like this to go through a full bill for debate.
President Joe Biden endorsed the bipartisan deal and promoted it as a way to create 1 million jobs while repairing aging infrastructure across the country.
Wednesday’s vote will require the support of 60 lawmakers before debate can begin on the measure.
That means 10 Republicans will have to vote alongside all Democrats. But Tuesday afternoon, even key Republican negotiators were not on board.
“Wednesday is premature, but I think Monday would be enough for us to resolve any remaining issues and to socialize the legislation with this with our colleagues so they know how they want to vote,” Sen. Mitt Romney, a Republican from Utah, told reporters. “And it’s unanimous among Republicans.”
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