Democratic negotiator: 'I believe we will' have infrastructure bill ready on Monday

Democratic negotiator: 'I believe we will' have infrastructure bill ready on Monday
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Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerDemocrats confront 'Rubik's cube on steroids' Advocates call on top Democrats for 0B in housing investments Democrats draw red lines in spending fight MORE (D-Va.), a member of the bipartisan group of senators working on a massive infrastructure bill, on Sunday said he believes the legislation will be ready on Monday after it failed a first vote on the Senate floor last week.

Appearing on "Fox News Sunday," Warner was asked by host Martha MacCallum if the senators would "have that bill in place for everybody to look at" Monday.

"I believe we will," Warner said. "The one thing I hear all across Virginia in the last couple of days: People want us to invest in our infrastructure."

"If you step back, you know, we have actually are investing at about half the rate that we invested in our infrastructure as we did in the 1990s," he added.

The Senate last week voted against beginning debate on infrastructure. Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerLouisiana delegation split over debt hike bill with disaster aid The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Government shutdown fears increase as leaders dig in McConnell signals Senate GOP will oppose combined debt ceiling-funding bill MORE (D-N.Y.) changed his vote to "no" to bring it back up for a vote.

MacCallum also asked Warner on Sunday if unspent COVID-19 relief funds would be used as part of this infrastructure bill.

"We are and have agreed jointly on about roughly $70 billion of funds that were not spent that will be redeployed to help pay for this infrastructure package," Warner said. "The challenge is, Martha, you got folks who want to make big, bold statements but sometimes don't want to roll up their sleeves, get into the details and make the very hard choices about where we find these pay-fors."