Video: Senate Republicans Block Infrastructure Debate

“We are now in the fourth week of negotiations since the bipartisan group of senators reached an agreement with the White House on an infrastructure framework — four weeks. According to the negotiators spurred on by this vote this afternoon, they are close to finalizing their product. Even Republicans have agreed that the deadline has moved them far more quickly. Given the process of the bipartisan negotiations, I believe senators should feel comfortable voting to move forward today.” “These discussions have yet to conclude. There’s no outcome yet, no bipartisan agreement, no text, nothing for the Congressional Budget Office to evaluate. And certainly nothing on which to vote. Not yet. So obviously, if the Democratic leader tries to force a cloture vote on a bill that does not exist, it will fail.” “Is it the sense of the Senate that debate on the motion to proceed to H.R. 3684, an act to authorize funds for federal aid, highways, highway safety programs and transit programs, and for other purposes shall be brought to a close. On this vote, the yeas are 49, the nays are 51, three-fifths of the senators duly chosen and sworn not having voted in the affirmative the motion, the motion is not agreed to.” “President.” “Majority Leader.” “I enter a motion to reconsider the failed cloture vote.” “The motion is entered.” “Madam President, I just want to explain what happened on the floor very briefly. At the end of the vote, I changed my response to a no. So that I may move to reconsider this vote at a future time.”

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