The sponsor of the GOP bill, Senate Finance Committee ranking member Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchOvernight Finance: NAFTA defenders dig in | Tech pushes Treasury to fight EU on taxes | AT&T faces setback in merger trial | Dems make new case against Trump tax law | Trump fuels fight over gas tax What sort of senator will Mitt Romney be? Not a backbencher, even day one Lawmaker interest in NAFTA intensifies amid Trump moves MORE (R-Utah), argued on Thursday that bill was a better alternative to the Democratic plan because it would not add to the deficit or raise taxes.

"Built on several of the president's Jobs Council's proposals, this legislation is a better way of speeding transportation construction, while scrapping burdensome regulations that are hurting our nation’s job creators," Hatch said. "It isn't funded with job-killing tax hikes. It doesn't add a dime to the debt. And unlike the Democrats' stimulus proposal, it should garner bipartisan support."

Democrats opposed the legislation for a range of reasons. For example Sen. Jack ReedJohn (Jack) Raymond ReedFBI chief: Trump hasn't specifically directed me to stop Russian meddling in midterms Live coverage: FBI director testifies to Senate Intelligence Committee Senate Dems demand answers on cost of Trump's military parade proposal MORE (D-R.I.) said it was two small and was paid for by taking money from other important spending priorities.

"It fails to provide the investments that deal with the infrastructure and jobs crisis we face today," said Reed. "It cuts $40 billion in discretionary funding without addressing the needs of our highway trust fund."

The bill also included a controversial provision that would have delayed several pending Environmental Protection Agency regulations, which drew fire from Democrats, like Sen. Barabara Boxer (D-Calif.)

Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) was the one Republican to break rank and vote against the measure. Likewise, Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinPavlich: The claim Trump let the mentally ill get guns is a lie Toomey to introduce bill broadening background checks for firearms Scott Walker backs West Virginia attorney general in GOP Senate primary MORE (D-W.V.) was the one Democrat to break rank and vote for the plan allowing Republican leadership to claim their bill garnered bipartisan support.