Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) looks down the hall after speaking to reporters after the Senate Democrats’ weekly political lunch in the U.S. Capitol in Washington on July 20, 2021.
Elizabeth Frantz | Reuters
WASHINGTON – An important procedural vote on the $ 1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure plan failed to pass the entire Senate on Wednesday after Republicans agreed against an unfinished law.
The vote failed at 49:51, all Republicans opposed it. The measure, a placeholder for the later draft law, required 60 votes to clear a major procedural hurdle. In an evenly split Senate, it took the Democrats 10 GOP votes to move it forward.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., Changed his vote to “No” to put the vote back.
The result of Wednesday’s vote was clear – the Republicans had made no secret of voting against it.
“We’re just not ready,” said Senator Rob Portman, R-Ohio, in an interview on CNBC’s Squawk Box on Wednesday morning.
Instead, Republicans had asked Schumer to postpone the vote to Monday to give a bipartisan group of senators more time to reach an agreement.
Several senators working on the plan said they were sure they could close a deal by Monday.
Schumer’s rejected calls delay the vote. “I made it very clear what this vote is,” said Schumer on Wednesday morning, calling it “the first step in the legislative process”.
“This vote is not a deadline to have every last detail worked out,” he said.
The failure of efforts on Wednesday to move the bill forward is only a minor setback for the Führer: Schumer can bring the bill back to the vote at any time.
Schumer and other Democratic leaders, with the assistance of President Joe Biden, are trying to advance the bipartisan infrastructure bill along with a $ 3.5 trillion budget resolution that is unlikely to receive Republican support.
The bipartisan plan, which would fund a nationwide upgrade of physical infrastructure systems such as bridges and waterways, would include new spending $ 579 billion above the Congressional base and cost $ 1.2 trillion over eight years.
The budget decision, meanwhile, would pour federal money into a number of issues, including climate change and health care.
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