Chuck Schumer Sides With GOP, Leaves Door Open for More Deals

Chuck Schumer Sides With GOP, Leaves Door Open for More Deals

( – On July 21, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) refused to vote favorably on an incomplete $1.2-trillion infrastructure bill. And that forced Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to side with Republicans and vote no.

Instead of signing the equivalent of a blank check and filling out the details later, Republicans reasonably believe a bipartisan deal means negotiations should come before a vote happens.

Republican negotiators want to finalize the bill as quickly as possible and have “made significant progress,” including exploring a more modest plan of $579 billion in new infrastructure spending.

They only have six issues left to iron out. Assuming they can “get everything together,” members of Congress expect Schumer to push for a second vote as soon as Monday the 26th.

Both sides look forward to helping the American people, but some Republicans worry this small step in President Biden’s infrastructure vision will pave the way to a bigger spending spree than the country can afford.

That’s because the next leg includes a $3.5-trillion “human” infrastructure spending package. But if Democrats want bipartisanship this time, they need to be sure to fill in the blanks before they ask for a cooperative vote.

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