Several Democratic senators have said they will vote ‘no’ on any amendments introduced during a Senate voting session in an effort to keep the party’s key climate, tax and healthcare bill on track. .
“We have a deal to take the biggest climate action in US history. Every Democratic senator has signed on. I can think of many ways to make it stronger, but I won’t derail this bill. by supporting changes. I will vote NO on all amendments – even to the things I love. Let’s get the job done,” said Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) tweeted.
“I agree with Brian. I will vote NO on all amendments — regardless of policy,” said Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) said, quote-tweet Schatz. “Let’s stick together and get this historic bill done.
The Senate convened around noon Saturday as the upper house prepares to pass a landmark bill for Democrats on climate, health care and tax reform.
It comes more than a week after Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (DN.Y.) and Sen. Joe Manchin (DW.Va.) said they had reached agreement on a package including several Democratic priorities after Manchin previously suggested a deal could not be reached due to data showing inflation had risen more than 9% a year.
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Arizona), seen as the other key centrist besides Manchin that Democrats need to win over for the bill, signaled Friday that she would support him after reaching her own deal with Schumer on aspects of the package.
Senate Democrats use a process known as budget reconciliation that only requires a simple majority to pass the legislation. Democrats need their 50 members plus a deciding vote from Vice President Harris to pass it.
But before it can be put to a vote, senators will have to undergo a voting session during which amendments can be submitted by senators to be added to the bill. The session could last for hours.
Senator Lindsey Graham (RS.C.), a senior member of the Senate Budget Committee, said “it will be like hell.”
Other Senate Democrats also said they would vote against any amendments presented, even if they agreed with them, in an effort to protect the package.
“We still have a long way to go to deliver on our climate and equity commitments, but after a year-long fight, we have a deal that has 50 votes and makes historic investments. This weekend, I will be voting accordingly to protect this deal, which means voting no on amendments, even ones I support,” said Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) tweeted.
“I agree with Brian. I will vote NO on all amendments, even those I agree with. This bill makes historic progress on climate action and lowering prescription drug costs. He has 50 votes, and we have to stick together to keep this going,” said Sen. Tina Smith (D-Minn.) said.
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