US Senate Advances Infrastructure Bill Toward Final Vote
By VOA News
The U.S. Senate advanced a $1.2 trillion infrastructure package in a procedural vote Saturday, an indication the measure will eventually be approved in a final vote.
“We can get this done the easy way or the hard way. In either case, the Senate will stay in session until we finish our work,” Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a floor speech before the vote. “It’s up to my Republican colleagues how long it takes.”
Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., left, and Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., leave the chamber as the Senate votes to advance the $1 trillion…
Sens. Todd Young, R-Ind., left, and Thom Tillis, R-N.C., leave the chamber as the Senate votes to advance the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, at the Capitol in Washington, Aug. 7, 2021.
In a 67-27 vote showing solid bipartisan backing, senators invoked cloture, or limited debate on the legislation; such a move requires 60 votes from the 100-member Senate, meaning at least 10 Republicans were needed to join the 50 Democratic senators to cut off debate.
The cloture vote allowed for a final vote later Saturday or Sunday. But the bill quickly lost momentum when a few Republican senators insisted on 30 hours of required debate. Senators worked until Saturday evening, when Schumer said the work would resume Sunday at noon.