The infrastructure deal President Biden brokered with Democratic and Republican lawmakers is in jeopardy as Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer tees up a procedural vote on the $1.2 trillion package while GOP lawmakers seek a delay so that details over how to pay for it and what exactly is in it can be ironed out.
Democrats are hoping to pass the infrastructure bill with bipartisan support in the Senate and then follow up by moving a $3.5 trillion spending package that includes funds for education, climate change, education, Medicaid and other social programs through reconciliation, which allows them to bypass Republicans altogether.
The pivotal cloture vote comes as Biden hits the road for Cincinnati, Ohio, to pitch the infrastructure deal as part of his “Build Back Better” campaign promise.
With the Senate evenly split at 50-50, Democrats need 10 Republicans to vote with them to reach the 60-vote threshold to end cloture and begin debate.
Democrats are hoping to pass the