The bipartisan collective of lawmakers working to codify same-sex marriage has enough votes to pass the bill and is pressing leaders to bring the measure to the floor for a vote as soon as possible, CNN reports.
The group includes Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), and Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.). In a group statement, they expressed their confidence in garnering bipartisan support for the Respect for Marriage Act.
"We look forward to this legislation coming to the floor and are confident that this amendment has helped earn the broad, bipartisan support needed to pass our commonsense legislation into law," the senators said.
Democrats hoped to pass the act during the lame-duck session, but it was unclear whether they would be able to do that.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) filed the Respect for Marriage Act on Monday, setting up the first procedural vote to pass the bill that could consecrate same-sex and interracial marriage into federal law. Schumer said senators "should expect the first vote on Wednesday." The bill will need 10 votes from Republican senators to curb a filibuster and move the measure forward.
In July, the House passed the Respect for Marriage Act, but the Senate delayed its vote until after the midterm elections. Supporters of the bill decided to postpone the vote to ensure they rallied enough votes to pass the measure successfully.