“That definitely is my expectation and my hope,” Maine Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican, informed CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union” on Sunday. “We’re going into the session right this moment at 12 (midday), and I feel we can lay down the invoice later right this moment and start maybe consideration of some amendments. My hope is that we’ll end the invoice by the top of the week.”
Collins additionally mentioned she believes the invoice could have the essential assist of at the least 10 Senate Republicans wanted to go.
West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat, was additionally optimistic within the invoice’s timeline, telling Tapper in a separate interview: “I feel you may see textual content right this moment and by this night. Hopefully we will begin our modification course of tomorrow. Ought to end up Thursday.”
The Senate is racing to go the bipartisan deal earlier than leaving for the fast-approaching August recess, which is scheduled to begin on the finish of the week although leaders within the chamber may change that.
On Friday, Senators voted 66-28 on a movement to proceed on the bipartisan effort, with 16 Republican senators voting with Senate Democrats in favor — a vote that may open up the legislative package deal to potential modifications by way of the modification course of.
Senate Majority Chief Chuck Schumer mentioned Saturday night that the bipartisan infrastructure group was nonetheless finalizing legislative textual content of the invoice and that they’d stay in session on Sunday “to allow them to convey this to a conclusion.”
“This is a crucial invoice. I do know all of the events need to get this proper,” Schumer mentioned, reiterating that when the group’s textual content is finished, he’ll provide it as an alternative modification making it the bottom of the invoice.
This story has been up to date with extra particulars Sunday.