WASHINGTON — The Senate presented a nearly $1 trillion infrastructure plan Friday with a bipartisan group of senators helping it clear another obstacle and prepare to see if support can persevere over the next few days of debate and efforts to revise it.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat from New York, said the chamber should be competent to address the legislation quickly given the bipartisan support. But as the day approaches evening, the packed text of what promises to be a massive bill had not yet been completed by the time lawmakers adjourned the session.
Senators will return in a rare session on Saturday as they go through a lengthy process.
“We may need the weekend, and we may vote on several amendments, but together with our Republican colleagues, I think we can finish the bipartisan infrastructure bill in a matter of days,” Schumer said.
But the senator. “It’s going to be a grinding process,” John Cornyn, R-Texas, predicted.
The effort started randomly on Friday. Shortly following the Senate began procedural voting, it was stopped. The reason, Cornyn said, was that some text of the bill was not in line with the agreement between the negotiators. The rare bipartisan work tests the senators’ aptitude to trust each other.
Moments later, voting resumed and efforts to consider the bill passed by a vote of 66 to 28.
Earlier this week, 17 GOP senators joined all Democrats in voting to begin the debate, launching a days-lengthy process for consideration of the bill. That backing was largely held on Friday with Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky again voting yes to shove the process forward.
But whether the number of Republican senators willing to pass a key part of President Joe Biden’s agenda grows or shrinks in the coming days will determine whether the president’s signature issue can reach the finish line.
Cornyn said he expects Schumer to allow all senators the opportunity to draft the bill and allow amendments from members of both political parties.
“I was disappointed that Senator Schumer had seen fit to try to force us to vote on a bill that did not fully exist, but I hope we can now squeeze the brakes a little bit and take the time and attention to assess the benefits and cost of this legislation,” Cornyn said.
Schumer had hoped to present the text of the bill later in the day with his supporters aiming to conclude the procedure prior leaving for the August recess. Sense. Rob Portman, R-Ohio and Kyrsten Sinema, released D-Ariz. , a statement saying they are close to finalizing the legislative text and hope to publish it later in the day.
But Friday came and went with no final papers now expected on Saturday.
“When the legislative text that reflects our group’s output is finalized, we will announce it together consistent with the bipartisan way of doing the former four months,” the senators said.
The bipartisan plan is big, with $550 billion in unused spending over five years that exceeds typical highway and public works accounts. A draft circulating on Capitol Hill indicated that it might contain more than 2,500 pages when submitted. It is funded by sources of funding that may not deal with deficit hawks, including redirecting untapped COVID-19 relief assist and relying on projected coming economic growth.
Among the major investments are $110 billion for roads and bridges, $39 billion for public transportation and $66 billion for rail. There’s also $55 billion for water and sanitation infrastructure as well as billions for airports, ports, broadband, and electric vehicle charging stations.
The outcome will set the stage for the next discussion about Biden’s most driven $3.5 trillion spending package, a firm-partisan pursuit of far-reaching programs and services including childcare, tax credits and health concern that touch nearly every corner of American life. Republicans are fiercely opposed to the bill, which requires a simple majority, and may try to quit both.
Across the Capitol, a group of bipartisan senators and representatives gathered to express their support for a narrower bipartisan infrastructure effort and to urge House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to allow a speedy vote on it following it passed in the Senate. However, Pelosi stated that there would be no vote on the infrastructure bill unless the Senate also approved the more driven package as well.
I’m not asking House Speaker Pelosi today to support the bill. I’m asking for something much more basic than that. The deputy said. Dusty Johnson, RS. Dr.. “Let’s vote.”
re come back. Josh Gottheimer, DNJ, also called for an self-reliant vote on the bipartisan plan because “that’s what the state wants.”