[Ed. – He’s scheduling the cloture vote before the Senate “gang” has hammered out the bipartisan language that would then be swapped into it – if Senate Democrats keep the bargain. He needs 10 GOP votes to get 60 for cloture. But after that, Democrats can swap in anything they want and pass the final bill with 51 votes. There’s no real upside to this for Republicans. Truth be told, nothing in the bill is so necessary they need to take risks at all. Just prevent cloture and shut down the bill. Do infrastructure with a new Congress in 18 months.]
Schumer’s maneuvering sets up the test vote for Wednesday where he’ll need 60 votes, including the support of at least 10 Republicans, in order to advance a shell bill, into which senators would swap the text of the bipartisan deal once it is finished. …
“It is not a deadline to determine every final detail of the bill,” he said.
If he is able to get over Wednesday’s initial hurdle, Schumer is planning to make the bipartisan group the first amendment to the shell bill if it’s finished on Thursday. If the bipartisan group isn’t ready, he said he would instead swap in smaller pieces such as a water infrastructure bill as the first amendment.