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Massachusetts Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren denied reports that Democrats had given up a coronavirus test in order to allow the largest number of senators to vote on the party’s social spending and tax bill Saturday night.
“No, and oh, please,” Warren said when asked if she was asked not to get tested for COVID in order to participate in Saturday’s “rama vote.” “Republicans are concerned about Democrats coming up with COVID, and Republicans who won’t be wearing masks. On their political skills.”
Warren’s comments come amid grumbling that Democrats have eased coronavirus testing in order to ensure all senators will be present to pass an inflation-reduction bill as part of a marathon voting schedule scheduled for overnight Saturday.
The reports drew criticism from Republicans on social media, including from Congressman Thomas Massey.
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“On the same day, Biden tested positive for COVID, said he was coming to Kentucky, while Senate Democrats admit they don’t test themselves for COVID, because they would come to work even if they had COVID,” Massey tweeted. DECLARATION OF EMERGENCY AND PREP LAW AND ALL STATES! “
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A vote to advance the Democrats’ social spending and tax bill was approved Saturday night, leading to a floor debate followed by a marathon vote for the Rama, ahead of a final vote on the legislation expected sometime on Sunday.
The vote total was 51-50, with Vice President Kamala Harris breaking the tie.
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Harris was not expected to be needed, as many Republicans were out of town and lost votes that happened earlier on Saturday. But all GOP members were back in town by the end of voting on Saturday night.
“What will the Rama vote be like? It’s going to be like hell,” Senator Lindsey Graham said at a news conference on Thursday. “They deserve it. As much as I admire Joe Mansion and Cinema for standing up to the radical left at times, They enable legislation This will make the life of the average person more difficult.”
Fox News’ Tyler Olsen contributed to this report