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Senate Democrats Skip COVID Testing to Push Spending Bill Vote: Report

I'm sick!

Senate Democrats learned that even one COVID-19 was positive and adopted a "don't test, don't teach" policy this weekend, with a $ 739 billion spending bill 50 -50 trying to push into the Chamber of Commerce. It could blow up their plans.

Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has set up a Saturday test vote on theso-called inflation reduction law. This requires the participation of all 50 Democrats so that Vice President Kamala Harris can. Vote for it.

"If members get a COVID, they're not going to delay it,"Senate Senior Aidetold Pack News. "The counterpart says we won't test anymore. This isn't an official obligation, but everyone knows that COVID doesn't get in the way. Transactions are happening. Reduce testing and wear masks Just do it. " 

Another source said," You can bring a ventilator and vote, "even if the senator catches the virus." Told to. 

Unlike the House of Representatives, the Senate does not allow proxy voting. In other words, members who cannot go to the floor due to illness are out of luck.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer set a test vote on Saturday for the Inflation Reduction Act.
AP Photo / Mariams Hybe

Early Week – MediumSen Before. Kyrsten Cinema (D-Arizona) has participated in the climate and energy program of Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV). Democratic leaders insisted that the party "maintain health" prior to the possibility of voting.

"We are not talking about Plan B," he said at the time.

Concerns about 50 Democrats and all non-members of the Democrats attending the Senate because some Senators are COVID positive or absent for other health reasons Has risen in recent weeks. 

In late June,acting Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Fellat his home in Virginia, broke his hip, and until this week. I left Washington. He hadtwo final surgeries

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema agreed to a compromise for the spending plan — likely giving Democrats 50 votes for the bill in the Senate.
AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite, File

Just a week ago,North Dakota Republican Senator Kevin Cramer handed his hand in a garden work caseI was seriously injured. 

In early July, Schumaer and Senator Richard Blumenthal (Connecticut)tested positive for COVID-19, both reporting mild symptoms. did. A few days later, Alaska's Manchin and Republican Senator Lisa Murkowskialso reported a positive test for

Ironically, Schumer accused Senate Republicans of not taking COVID-19 seriously in the fall of 2020. Connie Barrett.

"All Senators and related staff must have undergone a negative test for two consecutive days and have completed an appropriate quarantine period. Also, daily mandatory [confirmation] hearings. Testing is needed. ”Schumer said: Statement of October 5. "Tests must be managed by an independent organization, such as the US Congressional Doctor. If you do not implement a thorough testing approach, you will be deliberately reckless, with [Linsey] Graham and [Mitch] McConnell. You may be wondering if leaders don't want to know the results. "

If the bill clears the scheduled Saturday test vote, a series of debates over the Republican amendment and Voting is expected to follow the potential vote for the final pass on Sunday. The law is then submitted to the House of Representatives.

Cinema agrees to support this measure on Thursday after the provision to tax profits earned by hedge funds, venture capital and private equity executives known as carry interests has been removed. did. In exchange, a tax was added on the company's share buyback.

Despite its name, some economic experts, and even the White House, have mostly affected the historic price surge that is currently affecting Americans across the country. Suggested not to give.