Bipartisan group to issue 'promising' statement on infrastructure path forward

Bipartisan group to issue 'promising' statement on infrastructure path forward
© Greg Nash

A bipartisan group of Senate negotiators is preparing a statement for this afternoon on what they see as the path forward on a compromise $1.2 trillion infrastructure package.

The statement is expected to inform colleagues that there will be 60 votes next week to begin debating infrastructure legislation and is intended to quell concerns over whether progress in the bipartisan talks are stalling.

 
The Senate is set to vote Wednesday on a motion to begin the infrastructure debate, which Republicans say they will block.

GOP members of the bipartisan group say the procedural vote scheduled for Wednesday afternoon by Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerSenate infrastructure talks spill over into rare Sunday session Senate holds sleepy Saturday session as negotiators finalize infrastructure deal An August ultimatum: No recess until redistricting reform is done MORE (D-N.Y.) is “premature” because they still need to hammer out the final details and draft legislative text of their proposal.

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“I think there will probably be statement coming out after the vote that will be very promising,” said Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinSunday shows preview: Delta concerns prompt CDC mask update; bipartisan infrastructure bill to face challenges in Senate Democrats warn shrinking Biden's spending plan could backfire Top Democrat: 'A lot of spin' coming from White House on infrastructure MORE (D-W.Va.). “Everybody knows what the movement is right now.”

A group of Republican senators have signed a letter to Schumer informing him that they will be ready to vote to proceed to the infrastructure debate next week.

Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - US gymnast wins all-around gold as Simone Biles cheers from the stands The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - A huge win for Biden, centrist senators The 17 Republicans who voted to advance the Senate infrastructure bill MORE (R-Utah) said Wednesday morning that there will be at least 10 Republicans willing to vote to take up a bipartisan infrastructure package next week.

Romney said Schumer “wants to know whether there are at least 10 Republicans that will [vote to] get on the bill next week and there are.”

Sen. Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrSenate starts infrastructure debate amid 11th-hour drama The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - A huge win for Biden, centrist senators The 17 Republicans who voted to advance the Senate infrastructure bill MORE (R-N.C.), one of the members of the broader group of 22 senators who has called for bipartisan action on infrastructure, said that he is among the signatories on the letter to Schumer. 

Members of the bipartisan group are very close to a final deal, even though the final legislative text and Congressional Budget Office scores for the proposal aren't expected next week. 
 
"I really believe tomorrow it will be done. We are so close," Tester told reporters late Tuesday evening, after members of the group met for nearly four hours to hash out the final details of the deal.