Ahead of failed vote, Republicans scramble to secure infrastructure support

Centrist Republicans are rushing to lock down sufficient GOP support to move forward next week on their bipartisan infrastructure plan, even as Wednesday’s vote to advance the framework is expected to fail.
Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, the lead negotiator, is attempting to round up 10 or more GOP yes votes for early next week, according to multiple sources familiar with the effort. Portman has been working on a letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer vowing to move forward after Wednesday’s likely stumble, but he has not publicly released it yet.
Portman wants to demonstrate to Schumer that Republicans will move forward, just not on Wednesday. Schumer set up the vote on an unfinished bill to put pressure on the negotiators to finish up their work after months of talks among Republicans, the White House and Senate Democrats.
West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, a leading Democrat in the group, said he felt

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By Burgess Everett and Marianne LeVine


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