Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday that he doesn’t believe lawmakers should have to decide whether they will vote in favor of a bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure package before the bill text is even finalized.
“I think we need to see the bill before we decide whether or not to vote for it,” the Kentucky Republican told reporters. “I think that’s pretty easily understood.”
His comments come as Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is slated to file cloture on the $1.2 trillion infrastructure package, which would tee up a procedural vote on the unfinished legislation for Wednesday.
Schumer’s decision to ramp up pressure on negotiators to finalize the package has sparked backlash from GOP lawmakers, who argue they should not have to abide by “arbitrary deadlines.”
“We shouldn’t have an arbitrary deadline of Wednesday,” Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) said on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday. “We should bring the legislation forward when it’s ready.”