Republicans are poised to vote to pass a bipartisan infrastructure bill that does exist yet.
Democrat Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (NY) said on the Senate floor this Wednesday that senators who are working on the bipartisan infrastructure bill discussions will “keep making good progress” and that the Senate should get prepared to vote on passing the bill “as soon as tonight.”
News —> Chuck Schumer says “senators continue to make good progress” on infrastructure and should be prepared to vote on proceeding to the measure “as early as tonight” (!).
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) July 28, 2021
Senators working on the bipartisan negotiations had a tentative deal just last month but have not yet finalized the compromise. Despite Schumer’s statement, lawmakers working on the negotiations have not yet drafted the infrastructure bill.
This means that GOP lawmakers could vote to push legislation through cloture without even knowing exactly what is in the bill they are advancing.
Senate GOP members blocked the bill last week when Schumer issued cloture on H.R. 3684, the vehicle being used for the so-called bipartisan infrastructure agreement. Senate Dems overwhelmingly voted to accept the measure, while the GOP blocked the bill, wanting to read a physical bill before they voted.
Republican Senators Ron Johnson (WI), Rick Scott (FL), Marsha Blackburn (TN), Mike Lee (UT), Ted Cruz (TX), Rand Paul (KY), Mike Braun (IN), Cynthia Lummis (WY), and Bill Hagerty (TN) have pushed back against the bipartisan bill, saying that the bill will give a path for Democrats’ liberal agenda.
Republican Senator Ron Johnson (WI) said that negotiating with Dems on the bipartisan bill would make them all “complicit” in helping the liberal agenda.
Johnson also said that if the GOP is “cooperative and complicit” with the $1 trillion plan, the Democrats’ bill will “just to be filled with more welfare and radical spending.”
The Club for Growth put out a message to GOP lawmakers, warning that Senate GOP members who support the bill will only enable socialism.
David McIntosh, the president of the Club for Growth, stated in a comment back in July that, “Any Senator who supports the Infrastructure Deal is explicitly helping the radical socialist bill and $4.7 trillion in overall spending.”
He said, “This deal is the gateway to trillions of unneeded spending and increasing our debt limit which we cannot afford.”
Author: Scott Dowdy