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Republicans plan to block vote on bipartisan infrastructure bill, pushing for more time to write it

July 21, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Senate Republicans are expected to block a vote Wednesday to start debate on a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, as they push for more time to strike a deal with Democrats and write the legislation.

(CNN)Senate Republicans are expected to block a vote Wednesday to start debate on a $1. 2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, as they push for more time to strike a deal with Democrats and write the legislation.

But lawmakers said their negotiations will intensify over the next few days with the goal of trying again to advance the measure by early next week.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has defended his decision to set up the Wednesday vote despite Republican opposition, pointing out that the bipartisan group has spent more than a month negotiating.

Utah Sen. Mitt Romney, one of the Republican negotiators, said Tuesday that senators had "resolved probably three-quarters" of their issues in the last two days, and predicted that they could work out the rest "by the end of the week. "

Romney said that he wanted the vote to be pushed back to the beginning of next week.

"I am hoping that Sen. Schumer will have the vote on Monday when we've had a chance to resolve any remaining, outstanding issues," Romney said.

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