Democrats in the US Senate were brimming with confidence Saturday as it looks like a large part of Joe Biden’s legislative agenda is finally getting ready to pass through the upper house.
The caucus met for a marathon session over the weekend that is scheduled to begin on Saturday afternoon and run through 9.00 a.m. Sunday. Republicans braced for a warning about pill amendments to the Reducing Inflation Act aimed at killing the Democratic consensus on the legislation, which were described as a second attempt to push through parts of Biden’s signature of the Rebuilding Better Act.
Even before voting began, a few Democrats came out with statements on Twitter showing a united front. Many vowed to vote against any amendment to the package, even including those introduced by fellow Democrats.
In interviews with more than half a dozen Democratic senators, independent Emphasize that others are making the same plans. Few said they would introduce amendments to the bill themselves, and they weren’t even sure they would be called to vote on those amendments in the Chamber.
“My sense is that the people I’ve spoken to just want to deal with the matter and be able to go home,” Cin Diane Feinstein noted. “I don’t expect a problem [getting the legislation passed]. “
“I don’t think any amendments will be in the final package before the vote,” Senator Alex Padilla, a California Democrat, said in an interview with reporters.
Senator Bob Menendez offered only “we’ll see” when asked how his party united against the package amendments, while indicating that he would not personally vote for any of them.
Senator Bernie Sanders will likely introduce some of these changes, who confirmed it independent On Saturday, he will call for a vote on provisions to block fossil fuel distributions in the bill and allow Medicare to negotiate insulin prices.
Meanwhile, Republican senators, including Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski, a major swing vote that often negotiates across the aisle, told reporters they would introduce their own amendments, too. No one trusted that he would see any pass.
However, that wouldn’t stop them from trying to sink her for hours. Senator Mark Warner of Virginia quipped that there was a “bipartisan consensus” that the Senate wouldn’t get much work done in the next 12 hours or so.
While a lot of the priorities Democrats, including Joe Biden, wanted to see in the original Rebuilding Better Act did not go into the Rebuilding Better Act, the new legislation still represents the most significant investment in climate change preparation of any state legislation. United. Date. It also aims to cut US carbon emissions by 40 percent by the end of the decade.
The deal, the result of negotiations between Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and centrist Democrat Joe Manchin, is being heralded as a major victory for their party and an embarrassing defeat for Republicans, who believed they succeeded in halting Biden’s agenda last year.