BREAKING: Republicans block the U.S. Senate from starting debate on a bipartisan infrastructure plan, but negotiations toward a deal continue.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans rejected an effort Wednesday to begin debate on the big infrastructure deal that a bipartisan group of senators brokered with President Joe Biden .
that a bipartisan group of senators brokered with President Joe Biden. But supporters in both parties remained hopeful of a better chance soon.Democratic Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York had scheduled the procedural vote that he described as a step to ”get the ball rolling” as talks progress. But Republicans mounted a filibuster, saying the bipartisan group needed more time to wrap up the deal and review the details. They sought a delay until Monday.
ADVERTISEMENT“We have made significant progress and are close to a final agreement,” the informal group of 22 senators, Republicans and Democrats, said in a joint statement after the vote.They said they were working to “get this critical legislation right” and were optimistic they could finish up “in the coming days.”
The nearly $1 trillion measure over five years includes about $579 billion in new spending on roads, broadband and other public works projects — a first phase of Biden’s infrastructure agenda, to be followed by a much broader $3.5 trillion second measure from Democrats next month. headtopics.com
The party-line vote was 51-49 against proceeding, far short of the 60 “yes” votes needed to get past the Republicans’ block. The Democratic leader switched his vote to “no” at the end, a procedural step that would allow him to move to reconsider.Six months after Biden took office, his signature “Build Back Better” campaign promise is at a key moment that will test the presidency and his hopes for a new era of bipartisan cooperation in Washington.
Biden, whoheaded to Ohio later Wednesday to promote his economic policies, is calling his infrastructure agenda a “blue-collar blueprint for building an American economy back.” He has said that Americans are overwhelmingly in support of his plan.However, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky has said big spending is “the last thing American families need.”
White House aides and the bipartisan group of senators have huddled privately every day since Sunday trying to wrap up the deal, which would be a first phase of an eventual $4 trillion-plus package of domestic outlays — not just for roads and bridges, but foundations of everyday life including child care, family tax breaks, education and an expansion of Medicare for seniors.
The next steps are uncertain, but the bipartisan group insists it is close to a deal and expects to finish soon. The senators were joined for a private lunch ahead of the vote by the two leaders of the House’s Problem Solvers Caucus, a bipartisan group generally supportive of the effort. headtopics.com
Senators from the Republican side asked to delay the vote, and 11 Republicans signed on to a letter to Schumer saying they would support moving forward with a yes vote on Monday, if certain details about the package are ready.Schumer said senators are in the fourth week of negotiations after reaching agreement on a broad framework for infrastructure spending with the White House. He said Wednesday’s vote was not meant to be a deadline for having every detail worked out.
ADVERTISEMENT“My colleagues are well aware that we often agree to move forward with debates on issues before we have the text in hand,” Schumer said. “We’ve done it twice this year already.”McConnell called the vote a “stunt” that would fail, but emphasized senators were “still negotiating in good faith across the aisle.”
“Around here, we typically write the bills before we vote on them,” he said.A core group of Republicans are interested in pursuing a more modest package of traditional highway and public works projects, about $600 billion in new funds, and say they just need more time to negotiate with their Democratic colleagues and the White House.
Republican Sen. Todd Young of Indiana was among the Republicans who signed the letter seeking the delay and said he was “cautiously optimistic” they can reach a bipartisan deal.Senators from the bipartisan group emerged upbeat Tuesday from another late-night negotiating session with Biden aides at the Capitol, saying a deal was within reach and a failed vote Wednesday would not be the end of the road. headtopics.com
In fact, Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana said the test vote Wednesday could be useful in helping to “advance and expedite” the process.“We are so close,” said Democratic Sen. Jon Tester of Montana.Biden has been in touch with both Democrats and Republicans for several days, and his outreach will continue “until he has both pieces of legislation on his desk to sign them into law,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday.
While Biden proposes paying for his proposals with a tax hike on corporations and wealthy Americans who earn more than $400,000 a year, the bipartisan group has been working almost around the clock to figure out a compromise way to pay for its package, having dashed ideas for boosting the gas tax drivers pay at the pump or strengthening the Internal Revenue Service to go after tax scofflaws.
Instead, senators in the bipartisan group are considering rolling back aTrump-era rule on pharmaceutical rebatesthat could bring in some $170 billion to be used for infrastructure. They are also still haggling over public transit funds.Ten Republicans would have been needed in the evenly split Senate to join all 50 Democrats in reaching the 60-vote threshold required to advance the bill past a filibuster to formal consideration. Schumer can set another vote to proceed to the bill later.
Many Republicans are wary of moving ahead with the first, relatively slim package, fearing it will pave the way for the broader $3.5 trillion effort Democrats are preparing to pass on their own under special budget rules that only require 51 votes. Vice President Kamala Harris can break a tie.
Meanwhile, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been working to keep restless liberal Democrats in her chamber in line, as rank-and-file lawmakers grow impatient with the sluggish Senate pace.“Time’s a-wasting, I want to get this work done,” Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., the chairwoman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, told reporters Tuesday.
Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., the chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, dismissed the Senate’s bipartisan effort as inadequate. He wants more robust spending on the transportation elements and said, “We want an opportunity to actually negotiate.”
Democrats hope to show progress on that bill before lawmakers leave Washington for their recess in August.___Associated Press writers Alan Fram, Darlene Superville and Josh Boak contributed to this report. Read more: The Associated Press »
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If there is a bridge connecting Long Island and Connecticut in this bill it needs to pass OK, done! Now, as Malcolm and dem' used to say, let us move on. Funding for the poor? So the news article title should read “Democrats rush to vote on open debate before bipartisan group finished negotiations on infrastructure bill”. Once again the AP proves which side of the table they are on.
🤦🏻♀️ FUQ this country, we will suffer because this is this old turtle LeaderMcConnell 🤣😂🤣. Silly Dems. 'Lucy's' tricks alway work on you. Auto companies changed dealer names & voided 24-36 month parts warranties to cover up TaxEvasion IRS_CI Destroyed records 2020-007235 TIGTA TRN-2009-0433 & TRN-2010-0201 USTreasury coverup
Get rid of LeaderMcConnell all he’s done is block progress That's all republicans are good for Cowards Then how could it be bipartisan?
Senate Republicans warn Schumer they won't help on Wednesday's high-stakes infrastructure voteAs the Senate barrels toward a key test vote Wednesday on a bipartisan infrastructure deal, some Senate Republicans involved in trying to nail down the deal are pleading with Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to delay the vote until next week. Key Republican negotiators in the bipartisan group of senators who have been trying to work out the deal say they believe they can firm up their proposal by Monday. Without a firmed-up agreement, Republican negotiators left the Capitol Tuesday saying they do not believe a single Republican will vote 'yes' to start debate on any measure Wednesday. Republicans would rather fuel another pandemic wave and economic depression than actually help American families. Republicans shocking saidnooneever
They don't want to negotiate...they're just trying to delay, delay, delay. Get on without them! Stop the delaying tactics of the Republicans, kill the filibuster, and start getting things done. Always hindering change those guys.. GOPBetrayedAmerica RepublicansAreTheProblem Americans voted overwhelmingly for Biden & his plans. Why is this a stall? We’ll be back in droves come 2022 & vote Republicans out for good! McConnell needs to just go and retire out. He’s too old and just dragging on our economic recovery.
Gopco How long is this fossil going to be in the government…. Give a chance to younger folks…. IntelCrab Enough. This is nonsense the Democrat senators can find another way to pass this legislation through reconciliation. SenSchumer SpeakerPelosi POTUS VP McConnell laughs and still won't let bills pass. End the filibuster and pass the bills you were elected to. We will remember in 2022/24. America and the people can't wait any longer. Do your job and make America better. EndtheFilibuster
Could someone please take all our legislatures to space until they can sit at a table and resolve our issues. Stop paying them too.
Senate Republicans block infrastructure plan, but negotiations expected to continueThe Senate has blocked an effort to move forward on a massive infrastructure proposal, after Republicans said they needed more time on the $1.2 trillion plan. They could care less about anything or anyone.
Good lord just pass the bill already. Both sides are at fault. Time to pass the real infrastructure bill with reconciliation after the GOP blocked debate of the bipartisan bill. Republicans were never interested in governing. They have always only been interested in obtaining and holding power. The nation and its citizens be damned.
In a little over 4 months Covid will have been in the U.S. 2 yrs they're just now urging people to get vaccinated so just like they'll wait until bridges collapse and roads are in such disrepair they're not useable water lines power grids etc... then say something needs 2b done They have zero intention of voting for this deal.
Republicans in action! Can’t even debate an issue!
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Senate negotiators race to finish infrastructure bill as failed vote loomsThe Senate's bipartisan infrastructure negotiators are hustling to finish their bill even as hope for a breakthrough dims ahead of a test vote that's likely to fail No way Jose can this be passed to head to a depression? Biden has given out how many trillions now to just sit at home and families getting a few thousand. Now we will just take this money and keep giving and us infrastructure as a cover. Guess VOTERS WHO PAYS those who work?
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