Democrats are eager to advance an enormous infrastructure and social spending program package this summer, and time is running out.
With just a few remaining weeks of the legislative session ahead of a monthlong recess, Democrats amped up the pressure on tentative Republicans to back a $1 trillion bill that would fix aging roads, bridges, and waterways as well as expand access to broadband.
Majority Leader Chuck Schumer scheduled a test vote for Wednesday that will determine whether there is enough GOP support to advance the measure to the floor for debate and eventually pass it. The bill requires 60 votes to advance, which means at least 10 Republicans will have to vote alongside Democrats in support of the bill.
Schumer’s move angered Republicans who are awaiting more details about the cost and scope of the bill and are working on ways to broaden weak support in their party.
Schumer is rushing the