Democrats Will Face Difficult Choices As They Work To Transform The Budget Framework Into Detailed Antipoverty And Climate Legislation
WASHINGTON—The Senate passed a early Wednesday, the first step in an arduous process designed to allow Democrats to push through a sweeping package of education, healthcare, climate and other provisions without GOP support.
The party line vote, 50-49, came just before 4 a.m., one day after the Senate passed a roughly $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package. It is an initial victory for President Biden and congressional Democrats who are seeking to pass as much of their legislative agenda as possible this year, before next year’s midterm elections overtake Capitol Hill.
Senate Democrats “just took a massive step towards restoring the middle class of the 21st century,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said after the vote. “What we’re doing here is not easy. Democrats have labored for months to reach this point. And there are many labors to come. But I can say with absolute certainty that it will be worth doing.”
Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said the blueprint was “full of reckless taxing and spending.”
But Democrats, who have slim margins in both chambers, will face difficult choices and negotiations, as they work to transform the budget framework into detailed legislation.
House Passes Resolution Officially Condemning Trump’s Racist Attack On Congresswomen As It Happened
- Key adviser tries to deny Trump’s tweets were racist
- Trump responds: ‘I don’t have a racist bone in my body’
Wed 17 Jul 2019 01.11 BST First published on Tue 16 Jul 2019 13.55 BST
Here’s a summary to end the day:
Reporting on the House resolution that just passed, Sabrina Siddiqui writes:
The measure, which formally rebuked the president’s comments as “racist”, was approved on a mostly partisan-line vote of 240 to 187.
The vote came days after Trump’s tweets about four newly elected Democratic lawmakers – Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan – sparked a widespread uproar. Ocasio-Cortez, Pressley and Tlaib were all born in the US, while Omar is a naturalized American citizen who arrived in the country at a young age as a Somali refugee.
“Every single member of this institution, Democratic and Republican, should join us in condemning the president’s racist tweets,” the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, said on the House floor.
“To do anything less would be a shocking rejection of our values and a shameful abdication of our oath of office to protect the American people.”
Here’s a video of the debate, as it happened:
All But 5 Republicans Vote To Dismiss Trump Impeachment Trial On Constitutional Grounds
All but five U.S. Senate Republicans voted in favour of an effort to dismiss Donald Trump’s historic second impeachment trial on Tuesday, making clear a conviction of the former president for “incitement of insurrection” after the deadly Capitol siege on Jan. 6 is unlikely.
While the Republicans did not succeed in ending the trial before it began, the test vote made clear that Trump still has enormous sway over his party as he becomes the first former president to be tried for impeachment. Many Republicans have criticized Trump’s role in the attack — before which he told his supporters to “fight like hell” to overturn his defeat — but most of them have rushed to defend him in the trial.
“I think this was indicative of where a lot of people’s heads are,” said South Dakota Sen. John Thune, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, after the vote.
Late Tuesday, the presiding officer at the trial, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., was taken to the hospital for observation after not feeling well at his office, spokesman David Carle said in a statement. The 80-year-old senator was examined by the Capitol’s attending physician, who recommended he be taken to the hospital out of an abundance of caution, he said.
The vote means the trial on Trump’s impeachment will begin as scheduled the week of Feb. 8. The House impeached him Jan. 13, just a week after the deadly insurrection in which five people died.
House Republicans Voted Against Giving Medals To Officers Who Responded To Jan 6 Riot
The House passed a bill Tuesday to award the Congressional Gold Medal to all law enforcement officers who defended the Capitol during the Jan. 6 riot, with 21 Republicans opposing the bill.
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The measure passed the House with a bipartisan vote of 406-21.
Details: The four medals awarded under the bill — one of the highest civilian honors — would be displayed in the Capitol Police and Metropolitan Police headquarters, Smithsonian Institution and the Capitol building.
The bill names the three law enforcement officers who died following the attack, and singles out U.S. Capitol Police officer Eugene Goodman, who lured a mob away from members of Congress.
The resolution recognizes their actions as an example of “the patriotism and the commitment of Capitol Police officers, and those of other law enforcement agencies, to risk their lives in service of our country.”
The Republicans who voted against:
Rep. Thomas Massie
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene
Rep. Andy Harris
Four Tennessee Republicans Vote Against Removing Slavery From The State Constitution
On the matter of removing ‘slavery’ as punishment from the state’s constitution, four Tennessee senate Republicans took exception.
Members Joey Hensley, Janice Bowling, Brian Kelsey, and Frank Nicely on March 15 voted against a bill put forward by Democrat Sen. Raumesh Akbari that would remove a constitutional clause allowing slavery as punishment for a crime.
“Slavery and involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime, whereof the party shall have been duly convicted , are forever prohibited in this state,” states Article I Section 33 of the Tennessee constitution.
With Akbari’s bill, voters will have the option to remove that section and instead amend the constitution to make clear that slavery and involuntary servitude is banned throughout Tennessee.
A line in the bill further states, at the request of the Department of Correction, that “nothing in this section shall prohibit an inmate from working when the inmate has been duly convicted of a crime”.
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To make changes to the Tennessee constitution, the bill must pass two general assemblies each in the house and senate, first by a majority, then by two-thirds. Tennesseans will then vote in a ballot measure to ultimately decide whether to ratify the proposed amendment in a gubernatorial election.
Hensley said, “I didn’t think it was necessary because the constitution already says slavery will be forever prohibited.”
‘racist Tweets’: House Passes Resolution Condemning Trump’s Attack On Congresswomen
Senator and presidential candidate Kamala Harris of California says she has also been told, “Go back to where you came from.”
I’ve personally been told, “go back to where you came from.” It is vile, ignorant, shallow, and hateful. It has to stop. pic.twitter.com/t1oAD7s5Od
And several other lawmakers have had the same racist trope lobbed at them. HuffPo asked dozens of lawmakers, both Democratic and Republican, whether they’ve ever been told to “go back.”
Nearly every minority lawmaker said yes. Every white lawmaker said no.
“I’ve been told many times to ‘go back to China,’ even though I’m of Japanese descent, because people are prone to stereotypes,” Rep. Mark Takano said. “Asian Americans, among other minority groups, often experience the feeling that they don’t belong in this country.”
“Way, way back when, somebody yelled that. Not lately,” said Sen. Mazie Hirono . “However, the president seems to be resurrecting that.”
Rep. Ruben Gallego remembers hearing the taunt throughout his life, starting when he was a young boy.
“At the age of six, my family and I were in a mall, and these two old ladies next to my family and my three sisters said, ‘Go back to Mexico.’ I think I heard it all the time in high school from every kid who hated me,” he said. “I heard it when I was in the Marine Corps. I heard it when I left the Marine Corps. I heard it in Arizona. I can’t even count the times I’ve heard it.”
With Some Republicans On Board Us House Democrats Press Forward On Impeachment Vote
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WASHINGTON – With at least five Republicans joining their push to impeach President Donald Trump over the storming of the U.S. Capitol, Democrats in the House of Representatives stood poised for a history-making vote to try to remove the president from office.
With eight days remaining in Trump’s term, the House will vote on Wednesday on an article of impeachment accusing the Republican of inciting insurrection in a speech to his followers last week before a mob of them stormed the Capitol, leaving five dead.
That would trigger a trial in the still Republican-controlled Senate, although it was unclear whether enough time or political appetite remained to expel Trump.
Democrats moved forward on an impeachment vote after a effort to persuade Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution to remove Trump was rejected by Pence on Tuesday evening.
“I do not believe that such a course of action is in the best interest of our Nation or consistent with our Constitution,” Pence said in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Despite the letter, the House passed a resolution formally calling on Pence to act. The final vote was 223-205 in favor.
While that was occurring, Trump’s iron grip on his party was showing further signs of slipping as at least four Republicans, including a member of the House leadership, said they would vote for his second impeachment – a prospect no president before Trump has faced.
Democrats Use Video Of Capitol Attack To Remind Senators Of Purpose Of Impeachment
Senators were brought back to the day of the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol when Tuesday’s Senate trial opened with a 13-minute video containing clips from that day, from the president’s exhortation at a rally near the White House that his followers should go to the Capitol to the ensuing attack.
The video included footage of rioters breaking windows and chanting “stop the steal” as they disrupted the process to certify the 2020 presidential election results, falsely believing Trump’s claims that President Joe Biden won due to widespread fraud.
Members of Congress were shown in the video being escorted out. One clip showed the moment a Capitol Police officer shot Ashli Babbitt, the 35-year-old woman who had joined the rioters trying to get into the House chamber.
The clips were followed by Trump’s words on social media, directing the rioters to “go home with love and in peace.”
“Senators, the president was impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives on Jan. 13 for doing that. You ask what a high crime and misdemeanor is under our Constitution? That is a high crime and misdemeanor. If that’s not an impeachable offense, then there is no such thing,” said House impeachment prosecutor Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md.
‘Dad, I don’t want to come back’:Rep. Jamie Raskin, in tears at trial, recounts daughter’s fear during Capitol riot
“They don’t need to show you movies to show you that the riot happened here. We will stipulate that it happened, and you know all about it,” he said.
House Votes To Remove Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene From Committee Assignments
Ahead of the vote, Greene spoke on the House floor: “none of us are perfect.”
House removes Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene from committee assignments
The House approved a resolution Thursday that removes embattled GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene from her assigned committees.
The final vote tally was 230-199 and 11 Republicans voted in support of the resolution: Reps. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, John Katko of New York, Nicole Malliotakis of New York, Fred Upton of Michigan, Carlos Gimenez of Florida, Chris Jacobs of New York, Young Kim of California, Maria Salazar of Florida, Chris Smith of New Jersey and Mario Diaz Balart of Florida.
Greene, a vocal supporter of Trump’s unsubstantiated claims of election fraud, has been condemned by Democrats and many Republicans for embracing numerous conspiracy theories in videos and social media activity before she took office this year.
In posts and videos from 2018 and 2019 reviewed by CNN, Greene appeared to endorse violence against prominent Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and suggested that the Sandy Hook and Parkland shootings were staged “false flag” operations. They have since been taken down.
Greene defended herself in a speech ahead of the vote and expressed regret over some of her past remarks — which some viewed as doing too little, too late.
House Votes To Establish Capitol Riot Commission Over Republican Opposition
The House of Representatives voted Wednesday to set up an expert commission to investigate the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol. But a majority of Republicans voted against the commission ? part of a broader effort from the party to distance itself from an attack encouraged by its own leader, then-President Donald Trump.
The bill passed 252 to 175, with 35 Republicans joining Democrats to support the commission in spite of GOP leaders’ opposition.
The bipartisan vote sets up a showdown with the Senate, where Republicans led by Sen. Mitch McConnell may filibuster the bill because the investigation would probably not look great for the Republican Party.
The bill would establish a “National Commission to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the United States Capitol Complex,” with five members appointed by Republicans, five by Democrats, and a final report due to the White House and Congress by the end of the year.
The panel’s appointees would have to come from outside of government and have “national recognition and significant depth of experience” in fields like public service, law enforcement, technology and counterterrorism.
The bill was written by House Homeland Security Committee Chair Bennie Thompson and the committee’s top Republican, Rep. John Katko .
Trump, too, has insisted the commission is a sham because it does not deal with unrelated matters.
“There was no issue on his part,” Thompson said. “But, I guess that’s politics.”
Elise Foley contributed reporting.
Republicans Vote Against Honoring Capitol Police For Protecting Congress
House voted 413-12 to award congressional gold medals to all members of Capitol force for their efforts on 6 January
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A dozen Republicans voted against a resolution honoring US Capitol police for their efforts to protect members of Congress during the insurrection on 6 January.
The House voted 413-12 on Wednesday to award congressional gold medals, Congress’s “highest expression of national appreciation”, to all members of the Capitol police force.
The Republicans who opposed this honor included Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, Matt Gaetz of Florida and Thomas Massie of Kentucky. They and other opposing members said they had problems with the text of the legislation.
Massie told reporters he disagreed with the terms “insurrection” and “temple” in the legislation.
The resolution said: “On January 6, 2021, a mob of insurrectionists forced its way into the US Capitol building and congressional office buildings and engaged in acts of vandalism, looting, and violently attacked Capitol police officers.”
It also named the three officers who responded to the attack and died shortly after – Capitol police officers Brian Sicknick and Howard Liebengood and Metropolitan police department officer Jeffrey Smith – and said seven other people died and more than 140 law enforcement officers were injured.
How Any 4 Republicans Could Control Trump’s Impeachment Trial: Analysis
The Senate’s impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on Tuesday made clear how just four—any four—Republican senators could steer the proceedings in whatever direction they please. That includes deciding whether to hear from witnesses.
Last-minute alterations were made to a resolution put forward by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that will govern the trial’s proceedings only after some Republicans voiced their concerns to leadership.
Under the original text, impeachment managers and the defense would’ve each had 24 hours to make opening remarks over the course of two days, resulting in four straight 12-hour days. It would’ve also excluded the evidence gathered in the House’s investigation from automatically being entered into the record. The revisions resulted in allowing each side three days for remarks and will automatically include the House evidence.
“Senator Collins and others raised concerns about the 24 hours of opening statements in 2 days and the admission of the House transcript in the record,” Annie Clark, a spokesperson for Sen. Susan Collins , told Newsweek in a statement. “Her position has been that the trial should follow the Clinton model as much as possible. She thinks these changes are a significant improvement.”
The modifications preceded House impeachment managers and Trump’s defense team debating the resolution and Democratic amendments to it that ultimately failed.
Tlaib: Trump’s Tweets And Words Part Of ‘racist Xenophobic Playbook’
In more tweets later Tuesday morning, Trump denied that his earlier tweets were racist, saying Congress should instead be taking action on “the filthy language” by the congresswomen.
…..Congresswomen, who I truly believe, based on their actions, hate our Country. Get a list of the HORRIBLE things they have said. Omar is polling at 8%, Cortez at 21%. Nancy Pelosi tried to push them away, but now they are forever wedded to the Democrat Party. See you in 2020!
— Donald J. Trump July 16, 2019
Later, at a Cabinet meeting in the White House, Trump was asked where he thought the congresswomen should go. “It’s up to them,” he said. “Go wherever they want, or they can stay, but they should love our country. They shouldn’t hate our country.”
Asked Monday whether he was concerned that his comments were being called racist, the president said, “It doesn’t concern me, because many people agree with me.”
Here Are The 4 Republicans Who Voted To Condemn Pres Trump’s Tweets
While Tuesday’s vote largely fell along party lines — 235 Democrats voted “Yea” and 187 Republicans voted “Nay” — four Republicans and one independent voted in favor of the resolution.
The House voted 240-187 on Tuesday night to officially condemn racist language from President Donald Trump in a motion that was supported by four House Republicans.
Trump on Sunday directed a series of tweets at Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Illhan Omar and Ayanna Pressley, saying the four congresswomen of color should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”
Ahead of Tuesday’s resolution, different members of Congress, including some Republican lawmakers, criticized the President’s rhetoric and condemned it as racist, but Trump has stood by the attacks, saying, “I don’t have a Racist bone in my body!”
While Tuesday’s vote largely fell along party lines — 235 Democrats voted “Yea” and 187 Republicans voted “Nay” — four Republicans and one independent voted in favor of the resolution.
It Wasnt The First Filibuster Of The Year And It Wont Be The Last
Senate Republicans on Friday killed an effort to create an independent, bipartisan commission to investigate the violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. The House last week passed the measure 252-175, with every Democrat and 35 Republicans voting in favor. Friday, just six Senate GOP members joined every Democrat in support of the commission — leaving the Senate six votes shy of the required 60 votes to advance the measure to the Senate floor.
True, Democrats could amend the bill to try to secure more Republican support. But few expect many Republicans to budge. That means the commission idea is probably dead.
Here are four takeaways from the failure to establish the commission.
1. Not every crisis compels Congress to act
Lawmakers create independent commissions to advance their electoral interests. As Jordan Tama argued here at TMC earlier this year, commissions enable lawmakers and party leaders to respond to political pressure for action after a crisis. Commissions can generate bipartisan narratives of what went wrong — allowing partisans to either deflect blame for the events or pin it on others.
Empowering a commission to focus on Trump — rather than Democrats — in the run-up to the midterms held little appeal for GOP leaders eager to stay on Trump’s good side and prevent a bipartisan reckoning on what caused the insurrection.
Pelosi Will Decide When To Send Impeachment Article To The Senate
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will decide when to transmit the article to the U.S. Senate, which must either dismiss the charge or hold a trial. At least 67 of the 100 senators are needed for conviction, which would require Trump’s removal from office.
USA TODAY reports Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Wednesday the chamber would take up the issue at its “first regular meeting following receipt of the article from the House.” The Senate is scheduled to return Tuesday, the day before President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.
“Even if the Senate process were to begin this week and move promptly, no final verdict would be reached until after President Trump had left office,” he said.
Earlier Wednesday, a vote to proceed with the impeachment process — House Resolution 41 — was divided along party lines, with 221 Democrats voting in favor of a resolution: “Providing for consideration of the resolution impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors.”
Only Republicans — 203 — voted against the resolution.
Mccarthy: Trump’s Tweets Targeting Congresswomen Are Not Racist
Because she’d been found out of order, Pelosi was barred from making comments on the floor for the rest of the day — but Democrats voted to allow her to keep talking, again along party lines.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. — who’d defended the president’s tweets earlier in the day — chided Democrats for having defied decades-old precedent. “The House just voted to condone this violation of decorum,” he said.
The vote on the resolution proceeded after fiery remarks from Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., who’d marched alongside the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. “Segregationists told us to go back,” he said.
“I know racism when I see it. I know racism when I feel it,” Lewis said. “The world is watching. They are shocked and dismayed because it seems we have lost our way.”
In a closed-door meeting with House Democrats ahead of the proceeding, Pelosi said “these are our sisters” in reference to the four newly elected Democratic lawmakers: Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts.
Pelosi insisted that the resolution was about more than just “The Squad” — the nickname for the four congresswoman.
“The fact is, as offended as we are — and we are offended by what he said about our sisters — he says that about people every day, and they feel as hurt as we do about somebody in our family having this offense against them,” Pelosi said.
The 19 Gop Senators Who Voted For The $1t Infrastructure Bill
Nineteen Senate Republicans, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison Mitchell McConnellTom Cotton calls on Biden to ‘destroy every Taliban fighter’ near KabulBiden holds video conference with security team to discuss Afghanistan drawdownTaliban capture Afghan government’s last northern strongholdMORE , voted with all Democrats on Tuesday to pass a roughly $1 trillion infrastructure bill.
The bill still needs to pass the House, but gives President Biden
The passage of the bill comes just before Democrats take up a budget resolution that greenlights their ability to pass a separate $3.5 trillion spending plan, packed with the party’s top priorities, later this year without GOP votes.
No Republicans are expected to support the budget resolution or the subsequent spending package, which is unlikely to get voted on before late September.
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These Four Republicans Voted To Condemn Trump’s Racist Tweets
The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a symbolic Democratic-led resolution condemning Trump’s racist Tweets in which directed to a group Congresswomen Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Presley and Rashida Tlaib. In a Tweet, the President told the Congresswomen to “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime ingested places from which they came”. All Democrats, one Independent and only four Republicans voted in support of the resolution. Who are the four Republicans who joined Democrats? The Code has introduced them here.
Why Some Republicans Voted Against The Antibigotry Resolution
WASHINGTON — The House passed a resolution on Thursday that condemned anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry. The resolution, written by House Democrats, began as an implicit response to comments made by Representative Ilhan Omar, Democrat of Minnesota, that were widely deemed anti-Semitic, but when some Democrats objected to singling her out, the resolution was broadened to condemn other forms of hatred.
Earlier this year, House Republicans unanimously endorsed a resolution that condemned white nationalism and white supremacy after Representative Steve King, Republican of Iowa, asked when the term “white supremacy” had become controversial, capping years of bigoted comments that had gone unpunished.
This time, they were not so united, and some Democrats demanded to know why.
Where’s the outrage over the 23 GOP members who voted NO on a resolution condemning bigotry today?
Oh, there’s none?
Did they get called out, raked over, ambushed in halls and relentlessly asked why not?
No? Okay. Got it.
Here is their answer:
“The frustration on the Republican side was that they watered down the amendment,” Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the Republican leader, said at a news conference on Friday.
The Latest: Democrats Plan Vote On Resolution Against Trump
WASHINGTON — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s racist tweets about four lawmakers of color :
House Democrats plan for a vote this week on a resolution that “strongly condemns President Donald Trump’s racist comments” that four congresswomen of color should return to their native countries.
The measure says Trump’s tweets Sunday “have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color.”
The four-page resolution quotes from a 1989 speech by President Ronald Reagan that said America draws its strength “from every country and every corner of the world.” Reagan, a Republican, said that if the U.S. ever closed its doors to immigrants, “our leadership in the world would soon be lost.”
The Democrats’ measure says the House is “committed to keeping America open to those lawfully seeking refuge and asylum.”
House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy says Democrats are playing politics.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy says President Donald Trump is not a racist. But he also says four Democratic congresswomen of color who Trump said should return to their native countries should not have to leave the U.S.
The California Republican told reporters on Monday: “This is their country.” Three of the four congresswomen were born in the U.S., and all are Americans.
McCarthy says, “Nobody believes somebody should leave the country. They have a right to give their opinion.”
No This Will Not Quell The Liberals Thirst For Impeachment
Tuesday’s debate gave liberal Democrats, who are itching to move ahead with impeachment proceedings against Mr. Trump, an opportunity to blow off some steam. Representative Pramila Jayapal of Washington, who oversees the House Progressive Caucus and was born in India, was particularly animated. “Yes, I am a proud naturalized citizen born in India, a proud patriot,” she thundered on the House floor. “It’s not the first time I’ve heard, ‘go back to your country,’ but it’s the first time I heard it from the White House!”
But the condemnation resolution is unlikely to serve as a substitute for impeachment. As soon as the vote was over, the Democrats’ leading advocate of impeachment — Representative Al Green of Texas — took to the House floor to call, once again, for Mr. Trump to be impeached.
They Predicted A Trump Coup Attempt Hear What They Say Now
Thirty-five House Republican broke ranks Wednesday evening to support legislation that would establish an independent commission to investigate the January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol.
- Liz Cheney of Wyoming
- Tom Rice of South Carolina
- Dan Newhouse of Washington
- Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington
- Peter Meijer of Michigan
- John Katko of New York
- David Valadao of California
- Tom Reed of New York
- Don Bacon of Nebraska
- Andrew Garbarino of New York
- Tony Gonzales of Texas
- Dusty Johnson of South Dakota
- David Joyce of Ohio
- Chris Smith of New Jersey
- Van Taylor of Texas
- Chris Jacobs of New York
- David McKinley of West Virginia
- Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska
- Maria Elvira Salazar of Florida
- Mariannette Miller-Meeks of Iowa
Senate Adopts Budget That Paves Way For $35t Spending Plan
The chamber adopted on party lines a 92-page framework for the package of climate and social initiatives Democrats hope to enact this fall.
During a floor speech Tuesday morning, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell vowed a fusillade of amendments related to national security, military funding, school reopening, federal funding for abortions and much more. | J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo
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Senate Democrats adopted a budget measure early Wednesday morning to deliver their next filibuster-proof ticket to passing major legislation against the will of their GOP colleagues.
After more than 14 hours of continuousamendment votes, the chamber adopted on party lines a 92-page framework for Democrats’ $3.5 trillion package of climate and social initiatives, including subsidized child care, expanded Medicare and paid family and medical leave benefits. Once both chambers have approved the budget instructions, it will unlock the reconciliation process, which empowers the majority party to eventually clear the final bill with just 51 votes in the Senate, rather than the usual 60-vote hurdle.
After the 50-49 vote Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer called the move “a massive step towards restoring the middle class” and giving “more Americans the chance to get there.”
The amendment marathon was the Senate’s third this year, after Democrats deployed the reconciliation process to pass Biden’s$1.9 trillion pandemic relief package in March.
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