Republicans sink Schumer's test vote on bipartisan infrastructure plan, but talks continue

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U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) looks down the hallway aft speaking to reporters pursuing the Senate Democrats play argumentation luncheon astatine the U.S. Capitol successful Washington, July 20, 2021.

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WASHINGTON – A cardinal procedural ballot connected the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure program failed to walk the afloat Senate connected Wednesday, aft Republicans agreed successful absorption to moving up with an unfinished bill.

The ballot failed 49-51, with each Republicans lined up against it. The measure, a placeholder for the eventual bill, needed 60 votes to wide a cardinal procedural hurdle. In an evenly divided Senate, Democrats needed 10 GOP votes to beforehand it.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., changed his ballot to "no" successful bid to beryllium capable to bring the ballot up again.

Following the vote, a bipartisan radical of 22 senators moving connected the infrastructure woody issued a associated statement.

"We person made important advancement and are adjacent to a last agreement. We volition proceed moving hard to guarantee we get this captious authorities right—and are optimistic that we volition finalize, and beryllium prepared to advance, this historical bipartisan connection to fortify America's infrastructure and make good-paying jobs successful the coming days," said the group.

"We admit our colleagues connected some sides of the aisle, and the administration, moving with america to get this done for the American people."

The result of Wednesday's ballot was a foregone decision – Republicans had made nary concealed of their program to ballot against it.

"We're conscionable not ready," Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, said successful an interrogation connected CNBC's "Squawk Box" Wednesday morning.

Instead, Republicans had called connected Schumer to postpone the ballot until Monday to springiness the bipartisan radical much clip to finalize an agreement.

But Schumer rejected calls delay the vote. "I've been precise wide astir what this ballot is," Schumer said Wednesday morning, calling it "the archetypal measurement successful the legislative process."

"This ballot is not a deadline to person each last item worked out," helium said.

The nonaccomplishment of Wednesday's effort to beforehand the measure is lone a insignificant setback for the leader: Schumer tin reintroduce the measure for a ballot immoderate time.

Schumer and different Democratic leaders, with the backing of President Joe Biden, question to beforehand the bipartisan infrastructure measure successful tandem with a $3.5 trillion fund solution that is apt to get nary Republican support.

The bipartisan plan, which would money a nationwide update of carnal infrastructure systems specified arsenic bridges and waterways, would see $579 cardinal successful caller spending supra a legislature baseline and outgo $1.2 trillion implicit 8 years.

The fund resolution, meanwhile, would determination national wealth into addressing an array of issues, including clime alteration and wellness care.