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The Senate has the votes to advance a bipartisan infrastructure package costing $1.2 trillion tonight, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced Wednesday.
The New York Democrat told reporters he intends to hold a vote to begin debate on the bill after meeting with party lawmakers and following an announcement by Republican negotiators earlier today that they had reached a deal with both Democrats and the White House.
“Tonight I am intending to call a vote to move to proceed to the bipartisan infrastructure bill," Schumer said. “And I believe we have the votes for that.”
Schumer said that if lawmakers agree to begin debate, they will move to the consideration of amendments.
Earlier Wednesday, Republican and Democratic negotiators said they had ironed out the differences stalling the measure and had struck a deal on funding for roads, bridges, water projects, and broadband expansion.
Republicans speculated Wednesday that their own party would provide the minimum 10 votes that would be needed to begin debate on the measure, although it’s not clear whether the package will win the endorsement of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican.
Republicans say they are wary of the mechanisms to pay for the measure and oppose Democrats linking it to a $3.5 trillion “human infrastructure” package they intend to bring up later in the year under special rules that will circumvent a GOP filibuster.
Schumer told reporters Wednesday that his party is finalizing a budget resolution providing a framework for the larger spending package and “is in very good shape to move forward” a measure that would allow for the vote to pass with only Democratic support later in the year.
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