Senate Majority Chief Chuck Schumer may transfer as early as Thursday to arrange a vote Monday, however Portman mentioned he’s uncertain if that timeline will maintain.

“I don’t assume we’ve the votes but,” Portman mentioned. “I don’t wish to transfer forward except the votes are there. I’m nonetheless speaking to individuals. Others have been extra optimistic, however individuals want a while.”

There isn’t far more time left earlier than the election, although, with no assure a post-midterms vote would succeed. And most Senate Republicans don’t sound like they’re feeling political stress to help laws whose targets are broadly well-liked with the general public. Republican leaders usually are not whipping towards the invoice, at the same time as they continue to be considerably dour on its prospects.

Senate Minority Whip John Thune (R-S.D.) mentioned Wednesday that “I’m not seeing it” with regards to discovering 10 Republicans to help transferring ahead. In the meanwhile, simply three Republicans are dedicated to the invoice, although Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) has sounded supportive, and Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) retracted his earlier openness to the newest model. Senate Republicans mentioned the matter throughout their Wednesday occasion lunch, together with another proposal from Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah).

The Senate is scheduled to be in session two extra weeks in September, in addition to two extra subsequent month, though leaders may cancel the October weeks if each events wish to go into full-time marketing campaign mode. Some senators say the midterms might be a consider the place the ultimate votes fall; Johnson, for instance, is up for reelection.

“It may need a greater likelihood after the election, to be trustworthy,” Sen. Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.), who’s undecided, mentioned of the invoice that Democrats initially crafted in response to the Supreme Court docket’s reversal of Roe v. Wade. Lummis added that she personally doesn’t care in regards to the timing, but it surely’s “attainable” a few of her colleagues do.

Schumer declined to place the Home-passed invoice on the Senate ground in August, giving Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and their Republican companions extra time to finesse the language and construct GOP help. The Democratic chief struck a hopeful tone on the Senate ground on Wednesday, imploring 10 Republicans to assist break a filibuster and transfer ahead: “Democrats are able to make it occur.” Democratic aides say he’s been centered all alongside on getting a outcome, not simply placing a troublesome vote to the GOP earlier than the election, highlighting his endurance with the hassle and subdued rhetoric.

The Home handed a invoice enshrining marriage protections in July, a response to a concurring opinion by Supreme Court docket Justice Clarence Thomas that prompt, following the overturning of Roe, different points like marriage might be reconsidered by the excessive courtroom. The excessive variety of Home GOP supporters made Senate passage all of the sudden appear attainable.

With the invoice’s destiny hanging within the stability, Baldwin didn’t endorse a delay and mentioned as a substitute that her focus is on successful the primary procedural vote wanted to get the invoice throughout the end line. If that occurs Monday and the measure overcomes a filibuster to achieve the ground, debate would probably dominate Senate motion all week.

“We had been able to push for a vote for this proper after the Home voted overwhelmingly in a bipartisan method to advance this. However now we’re getting ever nearer to a sure date in November. And I believe that’s a brand new issue,” Baldwin mentioned.

A spokesperson for Sinema mentioned she’s not seeking to delay the invoice both, and her consideration is on getting the language proper. A failed vote may assist Democrats of their efforts to painting the GOP as excessive on social points, however Republican supporters say that will be a disastrous outcome for a invoice that ought to stay bipartisan. Baldwin mentioned she’s “going to work as onerous as I can to ensure that we are able to get onto the invoice subsequent week, and go it.”

Collins described a laborious behind-the-scenes effort to complete the job, together with learning state legal guidelines as examples and fielding a number of requests from senators.

“You’d be shocked on the variety of senators who’ve given us enter. And so we’re making an attempt to take every of these solutions very severely,” Collins mentioned. “All of that takes extra time and as we attempt to construct the variety of senators we want.”

Sens. Toomey, Lummis, Roy Blunt of Missouri, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, Joni Ernst of Iowa and Mitt Romney of Utah are among the many Republicans nonetheless undecided. In truth, a stunning variety of GOP senators are at present publicly on the fence, although there’s a prevailing view that some new supporters shall be revealed if the invoice ever truly goes on the Senate ground. Some Republicans might also again the invoice if and when proposed non secular liberty-related adjustments are completed.

“With the fitting non secular freedom amendments, I can help it,” Romney mentioned. “With out it, I’d have a really tough determination to make.”

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ailing.) mentioned that whereas he’s able to deliver the laws to the ground, he’s deferring to Baldwin. Schumer dedicated earlier this month to mentioning the laws within the “coming weeks.”

“We’re going to have the vote when we’ve the votes. It’s that easy,” Tillis mentioned, standing subsequent to Baldwin in a Senate elevator. “We’re working by way of, with my colleague right here, items that shall be effectively acquired.”

Marianne LeVine contributed to this report.

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