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Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren has dismissed reports that Democrats are waiving coronavirus testing to allow the maximum number of senators to vote for the party’s social spending and tax bill on Saturday night.
“No. And oh, please,” Warren said when asked if she was told not to test for COVID in order to participate in Saturday’s “Vote-a-Rama.” “Republicans are concerned about Democrats showing up with COVID, Republicans who wouldn’t wear masks. Republicans who wouldn’t test, Republicans who tested positive and showed up anyway. I tell you say, they just don’t know any limits on their political game.”
Warren’s comments come amid rumors that Democrats have relaxed coronavirus testing to ensure all senators would be present to pass the cut inflation bill as part of a voting schedule. marathon which is expected to take place throughout Saturday night.
The reports drew criticism from Republicans on social media, including from Congressman Thomas Massie.
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“Same day Biden tests positive for COVID, says he’s coming to Kentucky, while Senate Democrats admit they’re not testing themselves for COVID because they’ll come to work even if they test positive for COVID. COVID,” Massie tweeted. emergency declaration, PREP law and all mandates!”
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A vote to move forward on the Democrats’ welfare spending and tax bill passed Saturday night, featuring a floor debate followed by a vote-a-rama marathon, before a final vote on the legislation which is expected on Sunday.
The vote total was 51 to 50, with Vice President Kamala Harris breaking the tie.
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Harris was not expected to be needed as several Republicans were out of town and missed votes that took place earlier on Saturday. But all GOP members returned to town when Saturday night’s vote ended.
“What will vote-a-rama be like? It’ll be like hell,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, RS.C., said at a press conference Thursday. “They deserve it. As much as I admire Joe Manchin and Sinema for sometimes standing up to the radical left, they reinforce the legislation it will make the average person’s life more difficult.”
Fox News’ Tyler Olsen contributed to this report