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July 20, 2021

     GOP senators pushed back against Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer ​for ​scheduling test votes Wednesday on a bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill and a $3.5 ​trillion budget package, saying there are too many lingering questions — including how they will be paid for and what’s in them. “How can I vote for cloture when the bill isn’t written?” Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) asked on “Fox News Sunday.” “Unless you want program failure, unless Schumer doesn’t want this to happen, you need a little bit more time to get it right.” Cassidy called on Schumer and the White House to work with them on a version that could pass the chamber. Schumer must deal or lose face.

     “Right now, I can frankly tell you that they’ve not. We’re competing with their $3.5 trillion plan. They want everything reasonable on their side, not helping us,” he said. “Again, we can pass this. We just don’t need program failure.”​ But he said “if we get the pay-fors, we can pass this.”​​ Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), like Cassidy one of the group of 22 bipartisan senators trying to hammer out the $1.2 trillion infrastructure deal, ​said talks are continuing over the weekend on how to pay for the massive plan. ​

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