On Wednesday, July 28, Senate negotiators hurdled over further policy differences and secured the needed votes to bring a bipartisan infrastructure bill up for debate in the Senate. A bill needs sixty votes to be considered for debate in the chamber, requiring the approval of all ten Republican Senators in the bipartisan group that negotiated the agreement—along with all fifty Democrat members of the Senate.
After clearing a procedural vote, legislation will be opened up for general debate in the Senate, allowing for the introduction of amendments and the potential for general statute changes. If the bill proceeds to a general vote, leaders in the House may be pressed to address their promise to decline taking up an infrastructure bill should the Senate fail to pass a budget resolution they deem as necessary.
GFOA’s Federal Liaison Center will continue to monitor this legislation.