The Infrastructure Bill Amendment Process Starts To Get Weird

August 4, 2021
WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 03: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (R) reacts after Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) (L) walks in front of him to speak at a weekly news conference on August 03, 2021... WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 03: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (R) reacts after Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) (L) walks in front of him to speak at a weekly news conference on August 03, 2021 in Washington, DC. The Senate has moved on to the amendments process this week for the legislative text of the $1 trillion infrastructure bill, which aims to fund improvements to roads, bridges, dams, climate resiliency and broadband internet. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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August 4, 2021

When the Senate reconvenes today, it will have an amendment by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) before it to consider that would bar the Biden administration from cancelling the Trump administration’s border wall construction contracts. And there are reportedly plenty more amendments to follow.

As the amendment process begins to lose focus, it will be up to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) when to cut it off. Sen. McConnell (R-KY) yesterday warned Schumer against filing cloture too soon and trying to move the process along, saying that, if the majority leader did so, he’d whip against it. He wants Schumer to move “slow but steady.”

Schumer has other priorities. He wants to get the Senate moving on the Democrats reconciliation bill sooner rather than later, with recess and a possible government funding fight looming.

Follow along with our coverage below.

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When the Senate reconvenes today, it will have an amendment by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) before it to consider that would bar the Biden administration from cancelling the Trump administration’s border wall construction contracts. And there are reportedly plenty more amendments to follow.

As the amendment process begins to lose focus, it will be up to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) when to cut it off. Sen. McConnell (R-KY) yesterday warned Schumer against filing cloture too soon and trying to move the process along, saying that, if the majority leader did so, he’d whip against it. He wants Schumer to move “slow but steady.”

Schumer has other priorities. He wants to get the Senate moving on the Democrats reconciliation bill sooner rather than later, with recess and a possible government funding fight looming.

Follow along with our coverage below.

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  1. Is Sinema already sipping cocktails on some beach with no direct flights?

  2. Schumer seems to know what he’s about. I admit that when he became Minority Leader after Reid retired, I was more than a little concerned. Now, less so.

    And if he’s able to get the reconciliation bill (and voting rights) done, better and better, of course.

  3. I’m assuming that, if she were, it’d be headlines somewhere fer sure. Thus, I suspect she’s still there.

  4. I’m still somewhat gobsmacked, as I see #moscowmitch and his toadies actually working on passing legislation. That is what they get paid for, after all. Also eagerly awaiting Lucy to pull the football away at the last moment. That’s when the reconciliation fireworks start.

  5. Did she reach a deal with Ted Cruz on his Cancun time share?

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