Senate Voted Not To Proceed To Debate Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Package

CITY OF WASHINGTON (July 21, 2021)– The US Senate on Wednesday voted not to proceed to debate on a bipartisan infrastructure package over several unresolved issues in the framework, though senators in the bipartisan group that crafted the deal say the vote could succeed as soon as next week.

The vote failed 49-51, with all Republicans lined up against it. The measure, a placeholder for the eventual bill, needed 60 votes to clear a key procedural hurdle. In an evenly split Senate, Democrats needed 10 GOP votes to advance it.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., changed his vote to “no” in order to be able to bring the vote up again.

Following the vote, a bipartisan group of 22 senators working on the infrastructure deal issued a joint statement.

“We have made significant progress and are close to a final agreement. We will continue working hard to ensure we get this critical legislation right—and are optimistic that we will finalize, and be prepared to advance, this historic bipartisan proposal to strengthen America’s infrastructure and create good-paying jobs in the coming days,” said the group.

“We appreciate our colleagues on both sides of the aisle, and the administration, working with us to get this done for the American people.”

Schumer and other Democratic leaders, with the backing of President Joe Biden, seek to advance the bipartisan infrastructure bill in tandem with a  $3.5 trillion budget resolution that is likely to get no Republican support.

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

The budget resolution, meanwhile,  would pour federal money into addressing an array of non related infrastructure issues, including  including climate change and health care.

Source: Forbes and CNBC contributed.

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