Senate Minority Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is warning that Republicans want additional changes to legislation aimed at combating China’s competitiveness before a final vote.
The warning shot comes as Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) wants to wrap up the bill before the Senate leaves for a one-week break in a matter of days. To get the bill to the finish line, Schumer will need the support of at least 10 GOP senators.
The Senate easily voted to take up the China legislation last week in an 86-11 vote. But Republicans are pushing for additional changes. Lawmakers held roll call votes on four GOP amendments to the bill last week, but three were rejected.
“So far we’ve had a few votes on important amendments. There are a lot more that need consideration. And we should not close debate on this bill until those amendments are addressed,” McConnell said from the Senate floor on Monday.
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