Senate Republicans voted Wednesday to oppose an infrastructure deal they struck with Biden.
They have said they will not vote for an unfinished bill – but they will be ready to do so on Monday.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has yet to support the measure.
Senate Republicans voted against advancing the bipartisan $ 1,000 billion infrastructure deal on Wednesday in an early vote. But a key faction asked for more time and said they could support the same deal in four days.
Republicans lined up to oppose the project in a 49-51 vote Wednesday afternoon. The measure did not reach the 60 votes necessary to empty the chamber.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said he went from a “yes” to a “no” only to be able to reconsider the measure for another vote under Senate rules.
Yet Republican negotiators, including the senses. Rob Portman of Ohio and Mitt Romney of Utah expressed confidence in supporting their plan on Monday after details of how to pay for it were worked out.
The deal contains $ 579 billion in additional spending beyond what Congress has already approved, focused on roads, bridges and upgrading broadband connections. All five Republican negotiators voted against starting the debate on the deal they reached with President Joe Biden last month.
It comes days after the bipartisan group dropped $ 40 billion in additional IRS funding as part of the bipartisan deal because it sparked a backlash among conservatives alarmed at the possibility of overbreadth. the agency.
The GOP’s move represents a stark contrast to their efforts to repeal Obamacare in 2017. At the time, most Senate Republicans voted in favor of an incomplete “skinny repeal” plan for the law. on affordable care, a major Republican priority. But the late Senator John McCain finally cast the decisive vote that torpedoed this effort, with an infamous vote in favor.
Romney told reporters ahead of the vote that it will be some time before a full infrastructure bill is drafted. “We will not have a full text, it will take some time,” he said. “We will have things that are written but a lot that is not.”
He said the bipartisan group aimed to fully agree on “major issues” by Monday. Senator Jon Tester of Montana, a Democrat participating in the talks, told reporters the group would continue to flesh out the deal by phone Wednesday night.
The bipartisan group released a statement shortly after Wednesday afternoon’s vote. “We have made significant progress and are close to a final deal,” the senators said, adding that they wanted to negotiate a deal “in the coming days.”
Progressives are losing patience with the slow pace of bipartite talks. Democrats, including Senator Elizabeth Warren and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, have argued for several weeks that the GOP has had plenty of time to join us and warn that Republicans are only trying to delay Democratic efforts.
“Democrats have kept the door open to Republicans for months now on infrastructure,” Warren told Insider on Tuesday. “Republicans can no longer be allowed to delay progress. I hope Republicans are part of it, they’ve received all the accommodations, but it’s time to act.”
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