Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer formally set the first procedural vote on a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure measure for Wednesday as lawmakers worked feverishly to hammer out the details of the legislation in Capitol Hill’s own version of “Beat the Clock.”
Republicans, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), have vowed they will not vote to move forward on the bill if the text has not been finalized.
“I think we need to see the bill before we decide whether or not to vote for it,” McConnell told reporters earlier Monday. “I think that’s pretty easily understood.”
McConnell echoed Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), a member of the bipartisan group crafting the package, who told CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday that Wednesday was an “arbitrary deadline” set by Schumer.
“We should bring the legislation forward when it’s ready,” Portman added.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said that there shouldn’t be any voting done until the bill is finalized.AP