Republicans sink Schumer test vote on bipartisan infrastructure plan

US Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) looks like down the hall after speaking to reporters who follow the Senate Democratic weekly policy lunch at the United States Capitol in Washington, July 20, 2021.

Elizabeth Frantz | Reuters

WASHINGTON – A key procedural vote on the $ 1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure plan failed for pass the full Senate on Wednesday, after the Republicans joined in opposition to moving forward with an unfinished invoice.

The vote failed 49-51, with all Republicans aligned up against it. The measure, a placeholder for the eventual bill, it was necessary 60 votes for clear a key procedural obstacle. In an equally divided Senate, Democrats needed 10 GOPs votes to advance it.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., changed his vote to “no” in in order to carry the vote up again.

The result of Wednesday vote it was a foregone conclusion – the Republicans had made no secret of their plan for vote against it.

“We are just it’s not ready, ”said Senator Rob Portman, R-Ohio in an interview on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” Wednesday morning.

Instead, the Republicans had called on Schumer to postpone the vote until Monday to give a bipartisan group of senators more time to conclude a deal.

Several senators at work on the plan says they felt confident they could strike a deal by Monday.

Schumer’s rejected calls delay the vote. “I’ve been a lot clear what this is about vote is, “Schumer said Wednesday morning, calling it” the first step in the legislative process “.

“This vote it is not a deadline to have it all final the detail worked out, “He said.

The failure of Wednesday’s effort to bring the bill forward is only a small setback for the leader: Schumer can reintroduce the bill for a vote in any time.

Schumer and other democratic leaders, with the support of President Joe Biden seeks to advance the bipartisan infrastructure bill in tandem with a $ 3.5 trillion budget resolution that risks not getting Republican support.

The bipartisan plan, which would finance nationally update of physical infrastructure systems such as bridges and waterways would include $ 579 billion in new spending above a congressional baseline e cost $ 1.2 trillion over eight years.

The budget resolution, meanwhile, would pay federal money when addressing an array of problems, including climate change and healthcare.

This is a development story, please check back for updates.

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