The sponsor of the GOP bill, Senate Finance Committee ranking member Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchSenators introduce bipartisan bill to improve IRS Senate panel advances Trump IRS nominee Don't place all your hopes — or fears — on a new Supreme Court justice 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.

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"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) Francis ReedSenate Dems press for info on any deals from Trump-Putin meeting Senate Dems tell Trump: Don't meet with Putin one-on-one Schumer: Trump should cancel meeting with Putin 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) ManchinOvernight Health Care: Trump officials explore importing prescription drugs | Key ObamaCare, drug pricing regs under review | GOP looks to blunt attacks on rising premiums | Merck to lower some drug prices Dems pressure GOP to take legal action supporting pre-existing conditions Election Countdown: Senate, House Dems build cash advantage | 2020 Dems slam Trump over Putin presser | Trump has M in war chest | Republican blasts parents for donating to rival | Ocasio-Cortez, Sanders to campaign in Kansas 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.