Senate Republicans Block 3.5 Trillion Infrastructure Bill for now | Lawmakers said they expected to close in on a final agreement by early next week;
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The vote failed, with 49 in favor and 51 against, short of the 60 needed to open debate.
- On Wednesday night, President Biden said he remained confident that the Senate will vote next week to move forward with consideration of the bill. “I think we’re going to get it done,” Mr. Biden said during a CNN town hall in Cincinnati, Ohio. Mr. Biden said Wednesday’s failed procedural vote was irrelevant.
- Senate Democratic leaders had hoped to start the process Wednesday of moving both the infrastructure bill and a separate $3.5 trillion package of child care, education, antipoverty and climate provisions expected to pass with only Democratic votes.