Democrats seemed likely to pass a ‘Build Back Better’ lite bill after they secured the support of Senator Joe Manchin (D-Wv.) earlier this week.
The success of the bill then relied on the support of Senator Krysten Sinema (D-Az.) who remained quiet about if she would support the bill leading up to the vote.
The massive $740 Billion spending plan will go towards addressing climate change and healthcare at a time when inflation is already causing the economy to spiral into a recession.
The bill, ironically named the ‘Inflation Reduction Act of 2022’ passed the Senate today in a 50-50 vote that required Vice President Kamala Harris to break the tie.
The bill still has to pass the House, though it will likely get enough support from Democrats to make it to President Biden’s desk.
The Daily Mail Reports–
The Senate has passed the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, a $740 billion climate change and healthcare spending bill that has been the result of months-long talks within the Democratic Party.
No Republican lawmakers signed onto the bill, though Democrats were able to pass it via a simple majority through the budget reconciliation process. It’s a major win for Democrats’ agenda, whose prospects in the looming midterm elections had looked dim for months.
Vice President Kamala Harris cast the tie-breaking vote in the evenly divided chamber as Democrats erupted into applause at the end of their 16-hour session.
A visibly emotional Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer took to the Senate floor to thank everyone from Congressional staffers to the Capitol cafeteria workers for aiding the effort, telling them: ‘You’ll tell your grandchildren you were here.’
Lawmakers had been debating the package since 11 p.m. on Saturday, and continued into late afternoon on Sunday without stopping.