The Senate’s most successful bipartisan gang in years is undergoing a final rite of passage: protection of the infrastructure bill at all costs
“We will lock arms” if needed to block poison-pill amendments to the deal, one Democratic negotiator said.
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said the G-22 gang would see amendments that strike at the core of the bill — such as gutting the broadband title — as similar threats to today’s infrastructure bill.“We’re speaking and talking to each other because we all want to make sure that [there are] no poison pills that would affect the passage of the bill eventually,” said Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), another negotiator. “We haven’t really had anything of that nature that we’ve had to worry about so far.”
Conservative angst is growing over the bipartisan infrastructure plan as President Joe Biden nears a victory on a bill he pushed for. But even detractors acknowledge that any effort at changing the bill to their liking will be a challenge, given the 60-vote threshold. And some are holding their fire for Democrats’ $3.5 trillion social spending package, which is scheduled for a preliminary budget vote in the coming days and would offer an unlimited amendment process.
“The main action on amendments will be in the budget reconciliation, not here,” said Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.), who does not support the physical infrastructure deal and raised concerns about the process. “I like to cut to the chase and do things that make sense. Not belabor for the sake of belaboring.” headtopics.com
Schumer and McConnell have yet to announce a broader agreement on amendments to the infrastructure measure. McConnell must balance his own support for the effort with the majority of his members who dislike the bill and want to change it.Any amendments that would attempt to fundamentally overhaul the bill are more likely to come from Republicans. A total of 18 GOP senators, including one who missed previous votes on the deal, have endorsed moving forward, in addition to all 50 Senate Democrats.
Many Senate Republicans still have concerns about the legislation’s financing and want to see the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office's score on the bill’s cost versus revenue raised before making a final decision.Democrats will move to wind the amendment process down as soon as it’s clear that at least 10 Senate Republicans are satisfied with the process and can overcome a filibuster. Even though 67 senators supported advancing the legislation last week, several GOP members indicated that they still had to make a final decision on how they’d vote in the end.
Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), who initially signed onto the bipartisan effort but voted against starting the process last week, said Monday that he had yet to make a final decision on whether he’d support the final package.“There are amendments that I’m supportive of, amendments that I’m offering, but not necessarily any of them would be make or break for me in the analysis of the overall package,” he said. “There are things I’m still interested in knowing before I reach that conclusion."
The coming days are a final homestretch for the bipartisan group, which announced an agreement with the White House in June but took more than a month to translate it into legislative text. Despite many ups and downs, the core group of senators stuck together with their effort throughout several near-disastrous stumbles. headtopics.com
For them, the finish line is in sight.“We have spent more hours together than is legal in 14 states,” Warner said. “This is an agonizing last 72 hours.” Read more: POLITICO »
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