An infrastructure bill agreement has been finalized by bipartisan negotiators after weeks of back-and-forth discussions and a failed closure vote in the Senate.
According to an article by Lisa Mascaro and Kevin Freking for AP, the finalized infrastructure bill agreement was announced at the Capitol by Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), the lead negotiator of the group, alongside four other GOP senators who were all involved in the talks with Democrats and the White House.
The news comes after the initial agreement reached by the bipartisan group and the White House began to run into some roadblocks when it came to finalizing the details of the infrastructure bill agreement.
Earlier this week, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced a closure vote in order to begin debating the bill on the Senate floor; however, the bill failed to pass garnering only 49 of the necessary 60 votes after Republicans decided to vote against debating the bill in order to give the bipartisan negotiators more time to finalize the details.
Despite that setback, both the bipartisan group and the White House pushed forward with trying to finalize the infrastructure bill agreement in order to give it another vote on the senate floor. Just a little over a week later, the bill is finally at a state where the senators feel it can be properly voted on.
“We now have an agreement on the major issues,” Portman said, as quoted in the article on AP. “We are prepared to move forward.”
A test vote could be possible later today, Wednesday July 28th. In order to pass, it would require 60 votes in the evenly split 50-50 Senate.