Infrastructure Bill in Delayed in Senate

There is still no text spelling out the deal.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s attempt to begin debate tomorrow on a still-unfinished bipartisan infrastructure bill appears that it will. Minority members say there is no way a deal can be reached by then and that they will not vote to open debate without seeing the deal in writing.

A bipartisan group of 22 senators announced a deal for a $579 billion infrastructure outline with President Biden nearly a month ago, but have been unable to agree on the details of the package. How to fund the new spending package is a significant obstacle. On Monday, Senator Schumer had scheduled a Wednesday test vote to begin debate. He would need 60 votes to move forward.

“We’re not going to have a product ready tomorrow for consideration,” said Senator Portman of Ohio, one of the negotiators. He said that until there is an actual bill to consider, he will not support moving ahead.

“I think all of the issues will be resolved,” said Senator Mitt Romney, also a member of the bipartisan group. He encouraged Senator Schumer to delay the vote until Monday to give talks more time.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the senators as they look forward to receiving the infrastructure legislation prior to commencing debate.
  • For the negotiating team as they have plans to “huddle” into the evening hours on Tuesday to try to iron out the details that are holding the bill back.

Sources: Bloomberg News, Reuters, The Hill


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