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Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren dismissed reports that Democrats are waiving coronavirus tests in order to allow the maximum number of senators to vote for the party’s social spending and tax bill Saturday night.
“No. And oh, please,” Warren said when asked if she was told not to get tested for COVID in order to participate in Saturday’s “Vote-a-Rama.” “Republicans are worried about Democrats who showed up with COVID, Republicans who wouldn’t wear masks. Republicans who wouldn’t test, Republicans who tested positive and still showed up. I’m telling you, they just know no limits to their politics games”.
Warren’s comments come amid rumors that Democrats have relaxed coronavirus testing to make sure all senators will be present to pass the inflation-reduction bill as part of a marathon voting schedule that will run through the night of Saturday.
The reports have drawn criticism from Republicans on social media, including Rep. Thomas Massie.
PEOPLE PROMISE VOTE-A-RAMA ‘HELL’ AS MANCHIN, CINEMA ADVANCE DEM SOCIAL SPENDING AND TAXES
“Same day Biden tests positive for COVID, says he’s coming to Kentucky, while Senate Democrats admit they don’t test for COVID because they’ll come to work even if they’re COVID positive,” Massie tweeted. emergency declaration, the PREP Act and all orders!”.
HOUSE DEMOCRATS BEAR FIGHT AGAINST GOP SOCIAL SPENDING, TAX BILL AS SENATE MOVES TO VOTE
The vote to advance the Democrats’ tax and social spending bill passed Saturday night, setting up debate that followed a marathon vote-a-rama before a final vote on the legislation is expected sometime Sunday.
The vote total was 51-50, with Vice President Kamala Harris breaking the tie.
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It was not expected that Harris would be needed because several Republicans were out of town and missed the votes that occurred earlier Saturday. But all the GOP members were back in town by the end of the vote Saturday afternoon.
“What’s vote-a-rama going to be like? It’s going to be hell,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, RS.C., said at a news conference Thursday. “They deserve this. As much as I admire Joe Manchin and Cinema for occasionally standing up to the radical left, strengthen legislation which will make the average person’s life more difficult.”
Fox News’ Tyler Olsen contributed to this report