Senate All-Nighter Reveals Cracks Among Democrats: Key Takeaways
By Laura Davison, Steven T. Dennis and MacKenzie Hawkins
Aug. 11, 2021, 1:05 PM
The U.S. Senate is prepared to pursue President Joe Biden’s plan to remake the economy, but an all-night voting session to approve the legislative vehicle to begin that process exposed some cracks in Democrats’ no-room-for-error majority.
Democrats largely hung together on key votes protecting the underlying budget blueprint teeing up Biden’s $3.5 trillion package -- paid for in part with tax hikes on the wealthy and corporations -- and rejected amendments opposing tax increases. The Senate passed the budget resolution on a party-line vote, shifting focus toward the House later this month.
The amendments offered during the marathon voting ...