Eighteen Senate Republicans voted Sunday to clear the final hurdle before a floor vote to advance the so-called “bipartisan” infrastructure bill.
The Senate 68-29 voted to invoke cloture on the bipartisan infrastructure bill, otherwise known as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
The vote means the Senate could take up the bill perhaps by early Tuesday morning, meaning they could pass the mammoth, 2,702-page, $1.2 trillion legislation in the dead of night.
Eighteen Senate Republicans voted to advance the bill Sunday, potentially clearing the significant hurdle of passing the bill through the Senate.
The 18 Senate Republicans who voted to advance the so-called infrastructure reportedly include:
- Roy Blunt (R-MO)
- Richard Burr (R-NC)
- Bill Cassidy (R-LA)
- Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV)
- Susan Collins (R-ME)
- Kevin Cramer (R-ND)
- John Hoeven (R-ND)
- Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
- Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
- Rob Portman (R-OH)
- Jim Risch (R-ID)
- Mitt Romney (R-UT)
- Thom Tillis (R-NC)
- Deb Fischer (R-NE)
- John Cornyn (R-TX)
- Roger Wicker (R-MS)
- Dan Sullivan (R-AK)
- Mike Crapo (R-ID)
Wicker, who previously voted against advancing the legislation, voted in favor of invoking cloture Sunday.
Young, who previously voted to advance the infrastructure bill, came out against the legislation Sunday. He is up for reelection during the 2022 midterm elections. Young said in a statement Sunday:
Senators tried unsuccessfully to add amendments to the bill, but the Senate failed to agree on how to add amendments to the bill.
Sens. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Pat Toomey (R-PA) have proposed an amendment to the infrastructure bill that would address the $30 billion tax on the cryptocurrency industry. Lawmakers and industry officials contend the bill could send American jobs overseas.
Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-TN) tried to slow down the advancement of the bill to bring up amendments to the bill, but Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) objected, claiming that Hagerty refused to agree to a timetable on the amendments.
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) tried to bring up his own amendment that would lessen the bill’s fiscal impact but failed:
I offered 2 bipartisan amendments to infrastructure bill 1 wld save taxpayers $100M+ of fraud via false claims act 2. Wld give states more flexibility of funds 2strengthen rural broadband Both make bill better for Iowa but Dems blocked by denying me my unanimous consent request
— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) August 8, 2021
This just goes to show that the acronym Republicans In Name Only is not only accurate, but the only effective way to distinguish actual conservative politicians with the phony Republican lawmakers who give up power to Democrats on a daily basis.
Author: Elizabeth Tierney