“We’re very excited about the deal,” Arizona Senator Kirsten Senema, a lead Democratic negotiator, told reporters beforehand. “Everyone has been great and has been doing this job for months.”
She said she spoke to Mr. Biden on Wednesday morning, and said lawmakers will release the text of their proposal later in the day.
Earlier Wednesday, Senator Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York and majority leader, also expressed optimism, saying that a trial vote on the measure could come as early as Wednesday night.
If the compromise holds, Democrats will have to maneuver it through the equally divided Senate on Republican disruption, which will require the support of all 50 Democrats, independents, and at least 10 Republicans. That could take at least a week, especially if Republicans opposed to it choose to slow down the process. If the measure passes the Senate, it would also have to pass the House, where some Liberal Democrats have held back on emerging details.
But the five Republicans who announced a breakthrough on key issues — Mr. Portman and Senators Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Mitt Romney of Utah — urged colleagues to support a measure they said would provide much-needed funding for infrastructure projects across the country. across the country.
Describing the needs of his constituents, Mr. Cassidy stated: “I am amazed that there are those who are against this, just because they think that if I do something somehow, it is a sign of weakness.” “We will not delay relieving their problem.”
Mr. Romney distinguished between the emerging agreement and a second, more expansive $3.5 trillion budget package that Democrats are preparing to push through both houses unilaterally, despite Republican objections. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi from California said she won’t take up the bipartisan infrastructure bill in the House until the second package — expected to pump billions into programs to tackle climate change, health care, child care and education — is approved in the Senate.