Infrastructure law is “still negotiated”, Republicans block important votes in the Senate, says the top GOP senator
Senator Rob Portman, R-Ohio, speaks to reporters prior to the Senate Political Luncheon in the Capitol on June 5, 2018.
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Republicans will vote against an important procedural vote on Wednesday to continue the debate on a bipartisan infrastructure bill in the Senate, negotiator Rob Portman told CNBC.
"We are just not ready," said the Republican from Ohio on Wednesday morning in the "Squawk Box".
"The bill is still under negotiation," Portman said, noting that Republicans have been warning for days that "there is no way we can get this thing together" in time for the scheduled vote by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN. Y a day.
"So we're going to vote no," said Portman.
"We just want time to get it right," said the senator. He predicted Republicans can support the vote if it is postponed until Monday.
A spokesman for Schumer's office did not immediately respond to CNBC's request to comment on Portman's remarks.
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