Senate advances $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, bringing it closer to final passage with McConnell’s support

The Senate advanced a bipartisan infrastructure bill on Saturday, bringing it another step closer to final passage sometime over the weekend.

It cleared the upper chamber in a 67-27 vote on Saturday afternoon. 18 Republicans joined 49 Senate Democrats to break the filibuster. Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock of Georgia was absent.

Those Senate Republicans joining Democrats to advance the bill included Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Sens. Mitt Romney of Utah and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana among others. The bill would pour $550 billion in fresh federal spending onto repairing roads, bridges, highways, and upgrading broadband connections.Advertisement

Lawmakers are still haggling on which amendments to vote on before setting up a final vote. An earlier attempt to fast-track the bill collapsed because one GOP senator opposed it, citing how the bill would grow the national debt.

Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia suggested that Congressional leadership were eyeing at least 15. Those votes could happen either Saturday or Sunday, but major disagreements remain.

“I don’t think that they’re really going well,” Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, the chief GOP vote counter, told reporters on Saturday about the talks.

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