Senate Republicans struck down an effort on Wednesday to start debates on President Biden’s darling, the bipartisan infrastructure deal. GOP Senators said that it was too early to vote on the matter and pointed out that the bill had not yet been finalized.
Senate Majority Leader, Chuck Schumer (D-NY) scheduled a procedural vote on the legislation in an effort to start debate on the spending package, but after having filed cloture on Monday, Republican lawmakers declared their opposition to the bill on the grounds that the entire bill had yet to be written down and also took complaint with how the bill’s financing hadn’t been set out yet. The bill failed with a vote of 49-51, with Schumer voting against his own legislation in order to bring it forward again in the days ahead.
The spending plan, with an anticipated price tag of $1.2 trillion spent over the coming 5 years is far from being dead. Republicans shot down the bill on procedural grounds, but did not take umbrage against the bill itself. Lawmakers involved in bipartisan negotiations on behalf of the bill pleaded with Schumer, telling him to forestall the vote until the next Monday after the deal is expected to be finalized. Although the bill failed on this pass, it is very likely to be voted on again.
Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) explained after the vote that Republicans could not “support moving forward” at that time but added that “we will be able… on Monday.”
Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT), also a key figure in the bipartisan negotiations, told reporters that the legislation is almost complete and that if issues with the bill are resolved soon, that the bill will be ready for a vote next week.
Portman added later that Republicans are eager to pass the bill once they’re ready, “and that’ll be Monday.”
The spending bill targets infrastructure improvements and repairs such as roads, waterways and bridges. The bill represents months of negotiations between Senate Republicans, Democrats and the Biden administration. If the bill clears the Senate, it faces a tough crowd in the House, where representatives from both political parties have voiced their criticism of it.
Democrats are maneuvering to use budget reconciliation to force through their “human infrastructure bill” without Republican support in the near future. That bill costs a grand $3.5 trillion up front, with an additional $1.5 trillion expected to be required to fulfill it’s demands in coming years. The bill spends enormous amounts on Democrat priorities such as renewable energy, expanded Medicaid and other entitlements. The bill is staunchly opposed by Republicans.
Author: Christopher Gonzalez