Top Republicans call Democratic amendment ‘cynical ploy’ amid politically charged vote
Top Republicans on Sunday criticized a Democratic senator’s decision to propose an anti-gas tax amendment at a 60-vote threshold after voting against a similar amendment at a 50-vote threshold during the Senate marathon.
“It’s a very cynical ploy for sure,” said Senate Minority Whip John Thune, R.D.. “Vote for one at 60 after voting against at 51. But nothing here surprises me .”
“They are completely misleading,” said National Republican Senate Committee Chairman Rick Scott, R-Fla.
The senator who made the amendment, Sen. Maggie Hassan, DN.H., pushed back against similar comments from Sen. Lindsey Graham, RS.C., when she first introduced it.
“I will just note the inaccuracy of what was said on the merits on the merits,” she said.
Democrats, meanwhile, accuse Republicans of making all of their amendments in bad faith. Sen. Joe Manchin, DW.Va., said he would not vote for any Republican amendments as they plan to vote unanimously against the bill.
“The Cut Inflation Act is the product of years of bipartisan conversations about the most efficient ways to produce more energy domestically, reduce energy and health care costs, and pay off our debt. The IRA does this without raising taxes,” he said.
“Despite this, my R friends have made it clear that they absolutely do not want to support this bill under any conditions. None of their amendments would change that. For this reason, I will be voting to protect the integrity of the IRA, whatever the substance of their bogus amendments,” Manchin added.
Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., meanwhile, said he admired the Democrats’ policy decision, even though they were blocking the implementation of an amendment he supported.
“It was a smart move on their part from a parliamentary point of view,” he said.
Three other vulnerable Democratic senators awaiting re-election joined Hassan in the vote: Sens. Mark Kelly, D-Arizona, Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., and Raphael Warnock, D-Ga.
Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., introduced an amendment similar to Hassan’s later in the vote-a-rama after Democrats blocked a GOP amendment to codify Title 42. That amendment also won the votes from Warnock, Hassan and Kelly, among others. . But he still didn’t get the 60 votes he needed to succeed.