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.