Senate Passed Inflation Reduction Act After 16 Hour Vote-A-Rama

Andrew Donaldson

Born and raised in West Virginia, Andrew has since lived and traveled around the world several times over. Though frequently writing about politics out of a sense of duty and love of country, most of the time he would prefer discussions on history, culture, occasionally nerding on aviation, and his amateur foodie tendencies. He can usually be found misspelling/misusing words on Twitter @four4thefire and his writing website Yonder and Home. Andrew is the host of Heard Tell podcast.

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  1. North
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    It’s massively less than the Dems started out wanting but, blunty, with an evenly split Senate I don’t think the Dems were rational in pursuing as much as they went after. What they ended up with, though, is pretty decent.Report

    • Chip Daniels in reply to North
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      Almost like the Democrats are good at this “politics” thing.Report

      • InMD in reply to Chip Daniels
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        I think this is a good outcome overall and I don’t want to take away from it. However I do think that moving forward it would be wiser to under promise and over deliver in slim majority situations. There was no need for so much acrimony and it makes moving the ball forward in some modest, but important ways look like a failure when it is really a success.Report

        • Slade the Leveller in reply to InMD
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          This hits the nail right on the head. Maybe have the entire caucus weigh in before the bill is written, even. We don’t need to see the sausage being made.Report

          • InMD in reply to Slade the Leveller
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            I blame the primary process in 2020, with all the promises of transformational change that were never grounded in reality. Just doing good, competent government is underrated, and not everything has to be a revolution.Report

      • North in reply to Chip Daniels
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        It’s really hard to gauge. Really very hard. In a normal environment you’d compare them to the opposition party. But when the GOP is in power they just sort of flop around, cut taxes and wallow. On the other hand they also don’t exactly have a coherent agenda and they accomplish no coherent agenda so from another angle they accomplish 100% of what they want to accomplish (which is cut taxes for the rich and flop around incoherently).Report

  2. Jaybird
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    It’s now got a new nickname that has fewer references to “inflation”:

    From CNN: Senate passes Democrats’ sweeping health care and climate bill

    From CBS: Senate passes Democrats’ sweeping climate, health and tax bill, delivering win for BidenReport

  3. DavidTC
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    Sinema isn’t even pretending at this point. She’s just completely given up on reelection and wants her payoff now.Report

  4. Saul Degraw
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    Grassley tweeted that he voted to keep in insulin when he did not. All six Republicans who voted to keep in insulin price caps did not vote for the bill. Rubio made an anti-Semitic dog whistle tweet on “Soros financed prosecutors” which is surprising for a Senator from Florida.Report

    • John Puccio in reply to Saul Degraw
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      It’s funny. I didn’t know Soros was Jewish until yesterday when Dems started this “anti-Semitic dog whistle” messaging..

      I just thought he was evil.Report

      • Slade the Leveller in reply to John Puccio
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        ???

        There’s a difference between supporting causes that you don’t support and evil.Report

        • CJColucci in reply to Slade the Leveller
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          Anyone who doesn’t know that George Soros is Jewish is too ill-informed about him to have an opinion about him that anyone has any reason to respect. And I’m assuming, perhaps wrongly, that his Jewishness is not considered further support for his evilness.Report

        • John Puccio in reply to Slade the Leveller
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          I don’t throw ‘evil’ around lightly. Certainly not in the ‘supporting causes you disagree with is white supremacy’ sort of way.

          I find Soros’ systematic strategy of flushing cash in the pockets of *his* DAs in urban democratic primary races to be pretty sinister. No one sees it coming. They have no idea what they are voting in until they are elected and doing their interpretive and selective prosecution of crime. The effect it is having in our big cities is a proven disaster, and he is its architect.

          PS: I also didn’t know he was Hungarian. I thought Soros was a greek name. Apologies for any anti-Hungarian dog whistles I may be unknowingly blowing.Report

          • Chip Daniels in reply to John Puccio
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            Yes, deep pocketed interests giving campaign donations is certainly bad for democracy.

            But the Constitution prevents us from doing anything about it, or so I’m told.Report

          • Slade the Leveller in reply to John Puccio
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            As far as I can tell, Soros’ donations have all been above board. He makes no secret of his foundation’s goals, and seems proud to keep funding them with checks with his actual name on them, much like the Kochs on the right.Report

            • John Puccio in reply to Slade the Leveller
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              I view them largely the same. I just have a particular problem with the Open Society strategy and what it is doing to our cities. Something can be both legal and sinister at the same time.Report

            • Marchmaine in reply to Slade the Leveller
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              Personally, I find that questioning one of our Top 50 Foundations’ totally above-board donations in pursuit of their publicly stated goals to be extremely cynical – which is why I do it. I mean all of these billions being directed by these foundations can only do good, right? How could one possibly object to any of these mission statements?

              “We are a family-led foundation that tackles tough social and environmental problems with urgency and a long-term approach to create access to opportunity for people and communities.”

              “We focus on bottom-up solutions that identify, explore, and overcome barriers to flourishing across society.”

              “Our vision is to become a global catalyst for discoveries that contribute to human flourishing. Our purpose is to enable people to create lives of purpose and meaning.”

              “[We] support individuals and organizations across the globe fighting for freedom of expression, accountable government, and societies that promote justice and equality.”

              “We are dedicated to transforming the lives of children living in urban poverty through improved education, health, and family economic stability.”

              “[We] work to ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people by focusing on five key areas: the arts, education, the environment, government innovation, and public health.”

              Godspeed billionaires, godspeed.Report

              • Slade the Leveller in reply to Marchmaine
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                Until Citizens United is Dobbsed out of existence it’s something we’ll have to live with. Do I like it that some people have outsized influence on the politics of our nation? Of course not. I do, however, prefer them to be above board. Say what you will about Soros and Koch, they are that. And anyone that knows who they are ought to know what they’re bringing to the table, feel good mission statements not withstanding.Report

              • Marchmaine in reply to Slade the Leveller
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                Sure, but seriously, a lot of that money goes to above-board NGO’s or charities, start-ups, or other projects… not just to Politicians; so it will never be Dobbsed out.

                That which we like is good funding, that which we don’t is dangerous funding for bad things.

                But yeah, I’m not really disputing your overall observation, just pointing out that Koch and Soros (both included above) can be objected to or praised according to the details of the thing they are doing.Report

              • Slade the Leveller in reply to Marchmaine
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                Clean hands definitely depend on your viewpoint, for sure. I give out a fair chunk of my take home to orgs I support, some of which, no doubt, wouldn’t pass muster by some of my more right leaning brethren.Report

              • Marchmaine in reply to Slade the Leveller
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                Quite so, I for one was surprised that a sitting Senator wanted to target and close organizations that my wife and daughters volunteer at and to which we donate significant above board funds.Report

              • InMD in reply to Marchmaine
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                I can’t help but see an implication in this exchange that you both are also contributing below board to something or someone…Report

              • Marchmaine in reply to InMD
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                Never pay retail for Girl Scout cookies.

                There, I’ve already said too much.Report

      • Pinky in reply to John Puccio
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        Saul has never heard a criticism that he didn’t write off as anti-Semitic. The fact that he can’t reconcile it coming from a Senator from Florida won’t even break his stride.Report

        • Greg In Ak in reply to Pinky
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          Seeing all the Soros hate as antisemitism is very common among D’s and jews. It seems very sleazy having seen a lot of it. And there is some that is directly anti semetic.Report

        • Philip H in reply to Pinky
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          Soros’s critics barely hide their anti-Semitism anymore, frequently posting images of him with grossly distorted anti-Semitic features. The attacks also frequently reference, directly and indirectly, longstanding anti-Semitic theories from texts such as the Elders of Zion that claim Jews are running an international cabal. The most perverse attacks on Soros relate to fraudulent claims that he was a Nazi or Nazi sympathizer. In fact, Soros’s family escaped persecution from the Nazis, who killed over 500,000 Hungarian Jews during World War II.

          What is most troubling perhaps about the attacks on Soros is that they also reflect a growing wave of anti-Semitism in America and around the world. The Anti-Defamation League has called Soros conspiracy theories “a gateway to anti-Semitism” and noted the explosion of anti-Soros sentiment in the a wake of the George Floyd protests. The report also detailed a litany of anti-Soros pundits and provocateurs who traffic in false claims and inflammatory rhetoric. By giving oxygen to anti-Soros theories, these pundits not only do a disservice to the truth, but they fuel anti-Semitic hate and violence that is beginning to reach worrisome levels of pervasiveness in America.

          https://www.forbes.com/sites/sethcohen/2020/09/12/the-troubling-truth-about-the-obsession-with-george-soros/?sh=4bf796534e2eReport

        • Chip Daniels in reply to Pinky
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          Democrat: “Republicans tolerate anti-Semitism.”

          Respectable Republican: “That’s a vicious smear!”

          Trump: “No, no the Notsee generals were totally the good guys! Our generals should be more like them!”Report

    • Brandon Berg in reply to Saul Degraw
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      As much as the idea of Soros-bashing being driven by antisemitism may turn you on, there is near perfect symmetry between Republican demonization of Soros and Democratic demonization of Charles Koch. He’s a billionaire who gives a lot of money to Democratic causes. He doesn’t have to be Jewish for Republicans to dislike him.

      In totally unrelated news, I hear Ilhan Omar won her primary.Report

  5. Damon
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    I found this funny.
    “The Inflation Reduction Act now approaching final approval in Congress includes a well-intended tax credit of up to $7,500 if you purchase an electric vehicle.”

    “But, Washington being Washington, lawmakers wrote the law in such a way that most EV buyers won’t qualify for the assistance.”

    https://ktla.com/news/nationworld/heres-why-most-evs-wont-qualify-for-new-ev-credit/Report

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