Democrats have a slight edge in the Senate because Vice President Kamala Harris is the tie-breaking vote. However, that means they can’t afford to lose even one lawmaker during a key vote.
Senate Democrats reportedly have a gentleman’s agreement to avoid testing for COVID-19 ahead of a vote on the Inflation Reduction Act, The Hill reported. This flies in the face of their previous hysteria about the virus and clearly puts politics ahead of all else.
Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) was asked whether there’s a “plan B” in case any of the 50 Democrats needed to pass the legislation get sick. “We’re not talking about a plan B. We’re going to stay healthy,” he said.
This flippant answer demonstrates the hypocrisy of the Democrats who were previously calling such an approach wreckless. “For two years, Democrats scolded Americans for ‘putting others at risk’ for not adhering to COVID protocols,” an unnamed aide from the GOP Senateleadershop told the news outlet.
“But apparently ramming through taxes warrants breaking the rules,” the aide said. “Total hypocrisy.”
The legislation, which critics say is at best neutral on inflation and at worse will exacerbate the problem, only has a prayer because Schumer was able to get Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin (WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (AZ) onboard to advance it for a vote. However, the danger with testing is that COVID-19 has taken out others along the way, including Schumer and Manchin.
In July, Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Tom Carper (D-DE) were forced to isolate after testing positive for the virus. Unlike the House of Representatives, the Senate does not offer proxy voting and therefore requires members to be present to vote.
This legislation is terrible for the country, but Democrats are bent on making sure it passes anyway. Their willingness to abandon their own COVID-19 protocols in the name of getting that done proves how little they cared about public health in the first place.