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Exhausted senator Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., was ‘more testy than usual’ at the end of the Senate’s ‘vote-a-rama’ on Sunday morning after most of his proposals fell with only his vote in favor.
The Senate entered its second straight day of voting on amendments to Democrats’ Cut Inflation Act. Lawmakers were up all night and are expected to continue until Sunday afternoon. Sanders proposed several amendments targeting the oil industry and other priorities, but without success.
An amendment targeting the oil industry fell 99 to 1, with Sanders the only senator in favor. Another fell 97-1.
Some observers described Sanders as “more irritable than usual” as he had quick back-and-forths with Sen. Lindsey Graham, R.S.C.
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Graham attacked Sanders’ barrage of amendments as “extreme,” in a statement on Sunday.
“In one night, one day – whatever we did, night became day – extremes, it’s the most extreme idea yet. And that’s saying a lot,” Graham said. “Senator Sanders wants to destroy fossil fuel exploration at a time when you have to get a mortgage on your house to fill your car.”
Democrats meticulously negotiated to secure 50 votes in favor of their spending and tax bill, which is going through the budget reconciliation process. Sen. Joe Manchin, DW.Va., has vowed to vote for the bill, and other Democrats are loath to change it for fear it will nullify his support.
The reconciliation process allows senators to propose an unlimited number of amendments and force their colleagues to vote on them. Many Democrats have decided to vote against any amendment to the legislation, even if they support it.
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“I think this is the only deal that will get us 50 votes,” Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., told Fox News Digital on Sunday. “It’s not the bill I would have written, but it’s still a very good bill. So I want to make sure that we can maintain 50 votes in the final passage.”
Tyler Olson contributed to this report.