Thanks to the tie-breaking vote from Vice President Kamala Harris who, in her capacity, also serves as the president of the Senate, the Democrats will likely soon be doing an endzone dance.
According to The Hill, Harris broke the 50-50 deadlock in the upper chamber in a vote to advance a 755-page climate and tax bill crafted by Democrats, which they falsely claim will reduce inflation and be a step in the right direction as far as improving the U.S. economy.
The Hill added: “The vote puts the bill on a trajectory to pass the Senate sometime Sunday, barring an unexpected setback, such as the sudden absence of a Democratic senator.”
Democrats named the bill the Inflation Reduction Act.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) wasted exactly zero minutes in waiting to brag about the vote that will take the bill to one of its final stages before being signed by President Joe Biden.
“The time has come for the Senate to begin debate on this historic piece of legislation. The Inflation Reduction Act is a groundbreaking bill for the American people, for families struggling to pay the bills, for seniors struggling to pay for medication, for kids struggling with asthma,” Schumer said.
The Democratic senator added: “This is one of the most comprehensive and impactful bills Congress has seen in decades.”
Schumer went on to insist that the bill, which many believe is simply a slimmed-down version of Biden’s Build Back Better bill, at a price tag of $433 billion, will reduce inflation and help Americans in a struggling economy.
The bill then headed to the floor for an all-nighter known as a “vote-a-rama,” where Dems and Republicans conduct an open-ended series of amendment debates.
McConnell not happy
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) warned that the legislation will be especially brutal on the American people, given the record-high inflation and the fact that the economy is undoubtedly in a recession.
The Senate Republican said the bill “will kill American jobs and hammer our manufacturing sector,” and “have no meaningful impact on global temperatures whatsoever.”
After once-moderate Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) was turned, mysteriously, by his party to support the bill, Arizona Sen. Krysten Sinema (D) was America’s last hope. Unfortunately, she, too, folded to the pressure from her side.