Senate Democrats reportedly scrapped their coronavirus testing policy over the weekend to pass a settlement bill dubbed the “Lower Inflation Act.”
“Senate Democrats, some of whom have condemned their GOP colleagues for being lenient with cover-ups, have recently adopted an unofficial ‘no test, no tell’ agreement, especially as they work to pass the historic Inflation Reduction Act over the weekend ,” Parker report.
The policy change is the result of Democrats’ concerns that their coronavirus policies could undermine their ability to pass legislation.
After 2 years of attacking Republicans for not taking COVID seriously enough, they stopped even testing themselves out of fear of losing votes on climate tax and spending bills. https://t.co/z1MkMvabtp
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) August 5, 2022
Billed as lowering inflation, the bill would actually push the highest level of inflation under President Joe Biden in 40 years. “The so-called game-changing legislative breakthrough brought together by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has been cynical after months of failed talks on ‘build back better'” known as a measure against budget deficits,” Breitbart News reported. “This makes sense in rude political ways because inflation is the number one problem facing American households and is tipping the economy into a stagflation recession”:
The first hint that this won’t be an inflation-reducing legislation is that the bill includes a massive expansion of government spending. Spending on energy and climate change is about $385 billion, according to the nonpartisan Budget Committee on Accountability. $100 billion in new health care spending in the form of expanded Obamacare subsidies and expanded coverage of prescription drugs and vaccines.
However, the bill has not yet been finalized. Under the Senate settlement rules, Senate lawmakers still have to address several issues related to partisan legislation, such as Medicare drug price denials, climate change and health care regulations. Democrats are using the settlement to circumvent the 60-vote filibuster proof filibuster.