Senate Democrats are said to have rescinded their coronavirus testing policy over the weekend to strike a reconciliation bill dubbed the Inflation Reduction Act.
“Senate Democrats, some of whom have decried the lax attitude of their GOP colleagues toward mask disguise, recently adopted an unofficial ‘don’t test, don’t tell’ protocol, particularly as they try to pass the historic inflation-cutting bill this weekend,” the imp mentioned.
The change in policy is a result of Democrats’ fear that their coronavirus policy might undermine their ability to pass the legislation.
After two strong years of attacking Republicans for not taking COVID seriously enough, they are not testing themselves anymore because they fear losing a vote on their climate tax and spending bill. https://t.co/z1MkMvabtp
– Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) August 5, 2022
The law, which was announced to cut inflation, will actually increase President Joe Biden’s 40-year high inflation rate. “The supposed game-changing legislative hack that brought together Senator Joe Manchin (D-Va) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) after months of negotiations over the failure of Rebuilding Better is being cynically described as a counter-budget measure. Breitbart News stated, “This makes sense in a harsh political way because inflation is the number one issue facing American families and the economy plunges into stagflation with stagflation”:
The first hint that this would not be inflation-reducing legislation is that the bill includes a massive expansion of government spending. There is approximately $385 billion in spending on energy and climate change, according to the Nonpartisan Committee on Responsible Budget. There’s $100 billion in new spending on health care in the form of expanded subsidies for Obamacare and expanded coverage for drugs and vaccines.
The bill, however, has not been finalized. Under the Senate’s conciliation rules, the Senate parliamentarian still has to resolve many issues related to partisan legislation, such as the rejection of prescription drug prices, climate change, and health care provisions. Democrats are using reconciliation to circumvent the 60 deadlocked votes.