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Massachusetts Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren rejected reports that Democrats are forgoing coronavirus testing to allow the maximum number of senators to vote Saturday night for the party’s social spending and tax bill.
“No. And oh, please,” Warren said when asked if she was told not to test for COVID to participate in Saturday’s “Vote-a-Rama.” “The Republicans are concerned about Democrats showing up with COVID, the Republicans who wouldn’t wear masks. The Republicans who wouldn’t test, the Republicans who tested positive and showed up anyway. I’m telling you, they just don’t know any limits on their political game.”
Warren’s comments come amid rumors that Democrats have relaxed testing for the coronavirus to ensure all senators would be in place to pass the Inflation Reduction Act as part of a marathon voting schedule set to take place all night Saturday.
The reports have drawn criticism from Republicans on social media, including Congressman Thomas Massie.
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“The same day Biden tests positive for COVID, he says he’s coming to Kentucky, while Senate Democrats admit they don’t test themselves for COVID because they’ll come to work even if they’re COVID positive,” tweeted Massie. Emergency Declaration, the PREP Act and all mandates!”
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A vote to go ahead with Democrats’ social spending and tax laws was passed Saturday night, after which a floor debate was set up, followed by a marathon vote, for a final vote on the legislation expected sometime on Sunday.
The total vote was 51-50, with Vice President Kamala Harris breaking a tie.
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Harris was not expected to be needed as several Republicans were out of town missing the votes that took place earlier Saturday. But by the end of the vote on Saturday night, all GOP members were back in town.
“What will vote-a-rama be like? It will be hell,” RS.C. Senator Lindsey Graham said at a news conference Thursday. “They deserve this. As much as I admire Joe Manchin and Sinema for sometimes standing up to the radical left, they strengthen legislation that will make life harder for the average person.”
Tyler Olsen of Fox News contributed to this report