This wasn’t as close as it looks: It needed 60 votes to move ahead.
This is a minor setback with several Republicans saying they thought it would be ready for a vote on Monday on the $1.2 trillion bill.
Here’s a statement from the bipartisan group who made the deal:
We have made significant progress and are close to a final agreement. We will continue working hard to ensure we get this critical legislation right-and are optimistic that we will finalize, and be prepared to advance, this historic bipartisan proposal”
Even with the loss, I think it’s safe to price in the passing of this package. The Democrat-only reconciliation bill will be a tougher battle.