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Democrats clear key hurdles to signing on climate change, taxes and health care

"This is one of the most comprehensive and impactful pieces of legislation Congress has seen in decades. ' said Schumer at the start of the roll call. A vote on a law that has been debated for over a year. He called it "the pinnacle to one of the most productive stretches the Senate has seen in a very long time." I hope the fix "llama vote" will start. This will be the final episode of a laborious Senate drama over an effort Democrats once hoped would be as big as $3.5 trillion, but has stalled and scaled back repeatedly. I guess. Just two weeks before him, it seemed like a simple health care bill until Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Schumer revived a proposal to spend big on energy and raise taxes on big business. I could even see

Republicans will use the correction marathon to cast a series of politically tricky votes against the The result is a schism between the House of Commons and the House of Commons. Senate Democrats. If the Senate stands up to that process, Democrats can finally approve the bill in its entirety, and the House is set to approve the bill next week.

"We need to keep the deal intact and not be teased by Republicans. Democrats understand that and that's what we're going to do." said Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts). "The only way we can do this is with the Democratic vote. No one can afford to lose. What this means is that we are in this boat together."

15} Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) said he would "vote against every amendment, even if it's something I like," and several other Democrats have joined the pledge. rice field. But Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said he wanted to introduce an amendment to scale up Medicare benefits and drug pricing reforms, declaring Saturday: Facing a working family. "

For Sanders to approve, his 49 other senators and the Vice President would have to vote with him. Mr Durbin said leaders are trying to "stop" it.

"I'm going to keep this bill clean and get it out of here. It's too important," Durbin said.

Despite positive momentum, the Democrats decided that a negative decision from the Senate's bipartisan rule arbiter would prevent millions of people from getting health insurance through their private sector employers. Senators will decide which clauses qualify under the House's strict rules to circumvent Republican filibusters. Medicare-related drug price negotiation measures were left intact, as was the deal's gist.

The heart of the bill is moving forward. Clauses that reduce the price of prescription drugs. He commits more than $300 billion to climate change and clean energy. On large corporations he imposes a minimum tax rate of 15%, and on share buybacks he imposes a new excise tax of 1%. Strengthen IRS Enforcement. Extend Obamacare subsidies through the 2024 election.

Crucially, the fate of his one major healthcare provision that Democrats are seeking in the bill remains uncertain. Lowering the price of insulin, a top priority for incumbent Senator Raphael Warnock (D-Georgia), is at stake. Republicans could try to block the insulin proposal, arguing that the policy impact on the private market would outweigh the budget impact.

It could trigger a vote at his 60-vote threshold. This provision is still in the latest version of the bill.

"Don't block," Warnock said of Republicans. "If they don't block it, it will pass."

Aides on both sides of the aisle have been arguing for weeks over the Democratic Party's drug pricing plan. Republicans argued that the savings generated by mandates, particularly those involving the private insurance market, could be viewed as a side effect of the budget rather than the primary objective of policies that violated Senate budget rules.

Senate Republicans continued to criticize Democratic prescription drug phrasing over pricing. Minority leader Mitch McConnell said, "Corporate cuts in R&D will result in a world in which far fewer new drugs and treatments are invented in the first place."

} Democrats also got some good news overnight about their climate change plan – Senate rule mediators want tax credits for electric cars and to encourage clean energy developers to pay common wages approved the energy provisions of the bill, including bonus tax credits for is also included.

Democrats also retained another element of the bill's climate section: proposed fees for oil and gas companies whose methane emissions exceed a certain level. At the direction of Senator Kirsten Cinema (D, Arizona), the law text that accelerated corporate tax depreciation was scrapped on Thursday, a proposal to narrow the so-called carry interest loophole that covers a portion of investment income. There was also

She and her three other Democratic senators in the West also secured her $4 billion in new drought funding in intraparty bills.