Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced Thursday that a vote on the continuation of the Deinflation Act, the Democrats’ climate and spending bill, will be held on Saturday, ending the process for a vote on the legislation.
Mr. Schumer announced the vote despite the fact that the Senate has not yet finished submitting the legislation to the Byrd Bath process to determine whether any part of the inflation-reduction law is “extraneous matter.”
Democrats, who have just 50 seats in their caucus, hope to pass the legislation through a process called fiscal reconciliation, which would allow them to avoid a Republican filibuster to pass the legislation with a simple majority with Vice President Kamala Harris breaks the tie.
“We expect to vote on the motion to move forward with the reconciliation legislation on Saturday afternoon,” he said on the floor.
Mr. Schumer shocked many in Washington when he announced last week that he and Senator Joe Manchin had reached an agreement on legislation that would focus on fighting climate change, promoting renewable energy, lowering prescription drug prices and continuing subsidies for the Affordable Care Act.
But Democrats don’t have a hard commitment from Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, the conservative Democrat from Arizona.