A $1 trillion+ infrastructure bill was met with a filibuster by Senate Republicans on Wednesday after the minority party complained that (Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) rushed the bill to vote, according to Fox News.
The massive bill, brokered by President Joe Biden with a bipartisan group of senators, has allowances for new roads, bridges, and broadband improvements nationwide.
The procedural vote required 60 votes to succeed but only garnered 49 in a push that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)called the test vote a “stunt” earlier Wednesday, predicting, correctly, that the vote would “fail.”
“Around here, we typically write the bills before we vote on them,” McConnell, said. “That’s the custom.”
The minority leader, however, said that he believed Republicans would vote more positively when the bill text is ready saying that, “A failed cloture vote does not mean no forever.”
Curiously, while all 50 Republicans voted to block the vote on the infrastructure bill and all 50 Democrats were expected to vote the other way, the majority leader sided with Republicans in a last-minute change of heart.
His motives were less than bipartisan, however, due to the fact that changing his vote offers him the option of bringing the measure up for another vote at a later date, insisting that he was just pushing the legislative process with the vote when he rejected pleas from Republicans such as Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine., to postpone the vote.
The majority leader said earlier Wednesday that “This vote is not a deadline to have every final detail worked out. It is not an attempt to jam anyone … In order to finish the bill, first we need to start.”
“We have made significant progress and are close to a final agreement,” a bipartisan group of 22 senators set to negotiate the measure said in a joint statement. “We will continue working hard to ensure we get this critical legislation right—and are optimistic that we will finalize, and be prepared to advance, this historic bipartisan proposal to strengthen America’s infrastructure and create good-paying jobs in the coming days.”