[Ed. – One gets the sense Democrats are rushing everything as though they are frantic over some larger unforeseen deadline. What’s the big hurry?]
Republican Sen. Rob Portman (Ohio) criticized the decision to set a preliminary vote on the bipartisan infrastructure bill for Wednesday, calling the date an “arbitrary deadline.”
Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Thursday announced that the upper chamber will vote to open debate on the bipartisan infrastructure package on Wednesday, setting up a key test vote on the legislation, which took months to negotiate. Schumer will file cloture on a shell bill that senators will later swap the bipartisan legislation into.
Portman, however, told host Dana Bash on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday that the bill should be brought forward “when it’s ready.”
“It’s actually 11 Republicans and 11 Democrats putting this together. Chuck Schumer, with all due respect, is not writing the bill, nor is [Senate Minority Leader] Mitch McConnell [R-Ky.], by the way.”…