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WASHINGTON — The Senate voted Saturday to advance a sweeping climate and economic bill with the support of all 50 Democrats, bringing long-stalled elements of President Joe Biden’s agenda one step closer to reality.
The procedural vote on the filibuster-proof package was 51-50, with all Republicans opposing the motion to begin debate and Vice President Kamala Harris casting the tie-breaking vote. If that support holds, it is enough to pass the bill through the Senate and send it to the House in the coming days.
The article goes on to state the following:
The legislation, called the Inflation Reduction Act, includes major spending to combat climate change and extend health care coverage, paid for with savings on prescription drugs and taxes on corporations. It puts hundreds of billions of dollars toward deficit reduction.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said, “This is one of the most comprehensive and impactful bills Congress has seen in decades.”
Several hours of debate during a rare weekend session were followed by a “vote-a-rama”, a process in which senators can offer unlimited amendments that require just a simple majority of votes to adopt.
The legislation was being pursued through a special process called reconciliation and was not subject to the filibuster, thereby allowing the Democrats to pass it on their own.
Democratic leaders said that the Democratic provisions on clean energy and allowing Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices pass muster and was able to be included in the inflation package.
Schumer said, “While there was one unfortunate ruling in that the inflation rebate is more limited in scope. The overall program remains intact and we are one step closer to finally taking on Big Pharma and lowering Rx drug prices for millions of Americans.”
Vice President Kamala Harris said when she delivered the 50-50 tie-breaking vote, “It’s going to mean a lot for the families and the people of our country.”
I just cast the tie-breaking vote to start debate on the Inflation Reduction Act. This bill will lower health care and prescription drug costs for families and address the climate crisis. Let's get this done.
— Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) August 7, 2022
This Senate has just voted to move forward on the Inflation Reduction Act!
This historic bill will reduce inflation, lower costs, and fight climate change.
The time is now for this big, bold package for the American people.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) August 6, 2022
BREAKING: Democrats’ big climate, health care and tax package clears major Senate hurdle, w/@sahilkapur
Vote was 51-50. VP Harris cast tie breaking vote https://t.co/A6KCooZ0Fb
— Scott Wong (@scottwongDC) August 6, 2022
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