Senate takes dozens of politically charged votes in marathon ‘vote-a-rama’: LIVE UPDATES

Top Republicans label Dem amendment ‘cynical ploy’ amid politically charged vote-a-rama

Top Republicans Sunday slammed a move by a Democrat senator to bring up an anti-gas tax amendment at a 60-vote threshold after voting against a similar amendment at a 50-vote threshold during the Senate’s marathon vote-a-rama.

“It’s a very cynical ploy for sure,” Senate Minority Whip John Thune, R-S.D., said. “Vote for one at 60 after you just voted against it at 51. But nothing around here surprises me.”

“They’re completely deceitful,” National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Rick Scott, R-Fla., said.

The senator who brought the amendment, Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., pushed back on similar comments fron Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., when she first introduced it.

“I’ll just note the inaccuracy of what was said on the floor about the substance of this,” she said.

Democrats, meanwhile, are accusing Republicans of bringing all of their amendments in bad faith. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said he won’t vote for any Republican amendments because they plan to vote unanimously vote against the bill.

“The Inflation Reduction Act is the product of years of bipartisan conversations about the most impactful ways to produce more energy domestically, bring down energy and healthcare costs and pay down our debt. The IRA achieves this without raising taxes,” he said.

“Despite this, my R friends have made clear they’re completely unwilling to support this bill under any condition. None of their amendments would change that. For this reason, I’ll vote to protect the integrity of the IRA regardless of the substance of their fake amendments,” Manchin added.

Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., meanwhile said he admired the Democrats’ political move, even if they were blocking implementation of an amendment he supported.

“It was a clever maneuver on their part from a parliamentary perspective,” he said.

Three other vulnerable Democratic senators up for reelection joined Hassan on the vote: Sens. Mark Kelly, D-Ariz., Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., and Raphael Warnock, D-Ga.

Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., introduced a similar amendment to Hassan’s later in the vote-a-rama after Democrats blocked a GOP amendment to codify Title 42. That amendment also got the votes of Warnock, Hassan and Kelly, among others. But it still fell short of the 60 votes it needed to succeed.



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