The ‘nays’ have it: Republicans nix U.S. infrastructure debate, could resume next week


Senate Republicans blocked a move to open debate on Wednesday on a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure measure that is a top priority for Democratic President Joe Biden, but the chamber was poised to take it up again as early as Monday.

Republicans objected to opening debate on the bill because it was not yet written, though it is not unusual for the chamber to vote on a skeleton “shell” bill to move the legislative process along.