July 20, 2021
WASHINGTON – At the weekly Republican leadership press conference today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) questioned Senate Democrats' planned vote on a yet-to-be-written infrastructure bill and cautioned that the move could upend bipartisan negotiations toward a final agreement.
Following Are Blunt’s Remarks:
“I've had a hard time figuring out what the Democratic Leader is doing with this vote tomorrow. I think it's not going to turn out to be a hard vote for almost every Republican to decide we're not going to vote to proceed to a bill that doesn't exist yet. This is not a very high standard to set. We want to have a bill to go to before we vote to go to a bill.
“Now, I don't know if this is an effort to kill the bipartisan effort or to speed it up. If it's an effort to do anything but kill the bipartisan effort, the Majority Leader can easily accept a vote that doesn't go to the bill and be willing to bring it up at a quick, future time. All he has to do is change his vote to the prevailing side and be willing to bring that up at a later time.
“What point's being made by not having a bill and voting to go to a bill that doesn't exist is something I'm still trying to figure out.”