Republicans slam brakes on speedy passage of bipartisan infrastructure deal

Republicans slam brakes on speedy passage of bipartisan infrastructure deal


Republicans warned they are not ready to back a $1 trillion infrastructure package Democrats hope to consider next week because they are skeptical of how the government would pay for the plan without adding to the nation’s staggering debt.

“I don’t see any way possible that this is on the floor next week,” Senate Minority Whip John Thune, a South Dakota Republican, said after meeting with GOP lawmakers.

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Majority Leader Chuck Schumer outlined an ambitious summer legislative schedule on Monday that would include passing both the bipartisan infrastructure bill as well as a Democratic budget resolution that would unlock consideration of a much larger spending package.

But Democrats need at least 10 Republicans to pass the bipartisan deal, and according to some GOP lawmakers, they are likely to fall short and even lose some of the 11 Republicans who initially backed the package.

“At this point, it

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