Senate Democrats reportedly scrapped their coronavirus testing policy over the weekend to pass a reconciliation bill, called the “Inflation Reduction Act.”
“Senate Democrats, some of whom have decried their GOP colleagues’ lenient stance toward facemasks, have adopted an informal ‘Don’t Test, Don’t Tell’ protocol recently, particularly as they try to pass the historic reduction law of inflation. Weekend”, Puck mentionted.
The change in policy is a result of Democrats’ fear that their coronavirus policy could undermine their ability to pass legislation.
After 2 solid years of attacking Republicans for not taking COVID seriously enough, they are no longer testing themselves for fear of losing a vote on climate taxes and spending. https://t.co/z1MkMvabtp
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) August 5, 2022
The act, which is touted to reduce inflation, will actually further increase President Joe Biden’s 40-year high inflation. “The supposed game-changing legislative breakthrough that brought together Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) after months of failed Build Back Better negotiations is being cynically characterized as a measure to deal with the budget. deficit,” Breitbart News reported. “This makes sense in a blatantly political way, because inflation is the number one issue facing American families and is plunging the economy into a stagnant recession”:
The first hint that this is not going to be an inflation-busting bill is that the bill includes a huge expansion of government spending. There is about $385 billion in energy and climate change spending, according to the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Budget. There is $100 billion in new health care spending in the form of expanded Obamacare subsidies and expanded coverage of prescription drugs and vaccines.
The bill, however, has not been finalized. Under Senate reconciliation rules, the Senate lawmaker still has to resolve several issues with partisan legislation, such as Medicare drug price denials, climate change and health care provisions. Democrats are using conciliation to get around the 60-vote flawed philosophy.