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The Senate’s first amendments in Saturday’s vote include provisions on energy, limits and the IRS, as Republicans try to eliminate Democrats’ social spending bill — or at least make its passage politically painful.
Perhaps the most likely success is an amendment to codify the immigration policy of Title 42 from Senator James Lankford, Republican of Oklahoma. It may put several Democrats who have said they support the policy in a tight spot, including Senator Joe Manchin, DW.Va, one of the bill’s main sponsors. Senator Mark Kelly, D-Ariz, John Tester, D-Mont, and others have also criticized the Biden administration’s efforts to end Address 42.
“We’re going to put it out there. A lot of them said one thing, but they were never on record. This is the moment to actually sign up and say what they really believe on these issues,” Lankford told Fox News Digital on Saturday.
However, on Saturday, Manchin said he would vote against Republicans’ “fake” amendments, because he says they were introduced in bad faith — as Republicans are expected to oppose the bill unanimously.
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Republicans are also pushing energy-related amendments from Senators John Barrasso, Republican of Wu, and Lindsey Graham, Rep.
The Paraso Amendment aims to boost the production of onshore energy in the United States. Graham will remove the tax on imported and domestic oil from the Democrats’ bill.
Senator Shelley Moore Captio, DW.Va. , also has a modification on the first slide that is inserted. He would make $45 million from a Democrats bill aimed at regulating emissions. This comes on the heels of the Supreme Court’s decision in West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency that significantly reduced the agency’s authority to enforce climate regulations without congressional approval.
Senator Mike Crabow, R-Idaho, also has an amendment to prevent the IRS from targeting Americans and small businesses who make less than $400,000 a year for audits.
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These amendments are only the first of many Republicans expected to force the vote during the Rama voting marathon, which could see dozens of amendment votes in a session that could take the greater part of 24 hours. Senator Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. He also says he will make some amendments to the bill.
The Rama vote is a required step in the Senate budget reconciliation process, which Democrats use to pass their bill, called the Inflation Reduction Act, without having to pass the 60-vote limit. Democrats have been working for more than a year to pass legislation through reconciliation. They’ve previously called the legislation “Building Back Better,” and previous versions of it cost more than $3 trillion.
The most recent version of the bill has been significantly reduced, with more than $700 billion in taxes and more than $400 billion in spending.
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It is not clear if any amendments will be passed during the vote in Rama. Many Democrats say they will vote against even the amendments they approve, in order to prevent any complications in the bill’s passage.
“My view is that this is the only deal that will get 50 votes,” said Senator Ed Markey, Democrat of Massachusetts. “It’s not the law I was going to write, but it’s still a very good bill. So I want to make sure we can keep 50 votes in the final paragraph.”
If any amendments are passed, the Democratic leadership may introduce a so-called sweeping amendment at the end of the vote in the Rama, which would strip those of the bill.