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Sinema to ‘Move Forward’ with Democrat Reconciliation Bill

August 5, 2022

Senate Democrats have reached a deal with Sen. Krysten Sinema (D-AZ) to “move forward” with the Democrats’ $740 billion reconciliation bill, according to a statement Sinema released on Thursday.

Sinema held out on supporting the Inflation Reduction Act until today, after facing pressure from Democrats who will need every vote to pass the bill given the evenly-split Senate. She previously killed the Build Back Better agenda earlier this year.

Senate Democrats made several changes to the bill to secure Sinema’s support. However, she said her vote is contingent on approval from the Senate Parliamentarian, who ensures the bill’s text meets the reconciliation requirements.

“We have agreed to remove the carried interest tax provision, protect advanced manufacturing, and boost our clean energy economy in the Senate’s budget reconciliation legislation. Subject to the Parliamentarian’s review, I’ll move forward,” Sinema said.

The Democrat reconciliation bill aims to combat climate change, reduce the budget deficit by close to $300 billion, and extend enhanced Obamacare subsidies. Although it is labeled the Inflation Reduction Act, the Penn Wharton Budget Model found the bill’s impact on inflation “is statistically indistinguishable from zero.”

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