Senate Republicans Expected to Block Vote on $1.2 Trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

Republicans in the Senate are expected to block a vote to start the debate on a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill today. This comes as they push for more time to agree on the deal with Democrats and write the legislation. According to lawmakers, the negotiations are expected to intensify over the next couple of days with the goal of advancing the measure again early next week. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer defended his decision to set up the vote for today despite Republican opposition and said the bipartisan group spent more than a month negotiating.

The bipartisan effort is one part of a two part plan to advance the White House’s Economic Agenda. Democrats are currently working on laying groundwork for a $3.5 trillion package which will expand the social safety net and some Democrats have suggested that some elements of the plan be rolled into the Democrat-only package if they can’t advance the narrower measure. Utah Senator Mitt Romney said that Senators had “resolved probably three-quarters” of their issues in the last two days, and predicted that they could work out the rest “by the end of the week.”