The five Republican senators who have been involved in bipartisan talks with Senate Democrats for a major infrastructure bill announced today they’ve reached agreement on the “major issues” of the legislation after weeks of on-again, off-again negotiations.
From CBS News:
Senator Rob Portman of Ohio, who has been leading negotiations for Republicans, announced the breakthrough after meeting with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and four other Republican senators. A vote to advance the measure would require 60 votes, meaning 10 Republicans would have to join all Democrats in voting to begin debate.
“We look forward to moving ahead and having the opportunity to have a healthy debate here in the chamber,” Portman told reporters. The Ohio Republican added that the text of the legislation still needed to be finalized.
The proposal, which is expected to include $550 billion in new spending, would prioritize funding for physical infrastructure, such as roads, bridges and broadband internet.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) could call for a procedural vote on the bill as soon as this evening.
According to Politico, Donald Trump has reportedly been working to sabotage the infrastructure deal because he’s still miffed he wasn’t able to get one done during his time in the Oval Office.
Senate Republicans aren’t amused by Trump’s antics. In interviews they’ve said they have directly asked the former guy not just to tone down his criticism but to actually support the infrastructure deal.
NEW — Trump is privately working to sabotage the infrastructure deal, with aides peaved that Senate Republicans didn’t do one when he was president and now are giving Biden a win.
— Sam Stein (@samstein) July 28, 2021