GOP to Block Schumer on Infrastructure Vote -- for Now (1)

July 21, 2021, 6:32 PM

Senate Republicans are set to thwart Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s bid to start Senate debate Wednesday on a still-unfinished infrastructure plan, but key GOP lawmakers said that the deal is not dead and that they will be ready to move ahead next week.

Schumer’s decision to force an early test vote Wednesday afternoon spurred a faster pace in protracted talks for a $579 billion infrastructure plan, but not the completed deal that GOP senators are demanding as a prerequisite to begin debate.

“Today, we are not going to be able to support moving forward,” lead GOP negotiator Rob Portman ...

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