U.S. Senate passes major health, tax and climate bill in boost for Democrats

Bill would fund clean energy programs, allow Medicare to negotiate some drug prices, impose stiffer corporate taxes and bolster the Internal Revenue Service

By: and - August 8, 2022 8:38 am
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY)

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-New York, gives the thumbs up as he leaves the Senate Chamber after passage of the Inflation Reduction Act at the U.S. Capitol Aug. 7, 2022, in Washington, D.C. The Senate worked overnight Saturday into Sunday as they moved toward final passage of Senate budget reconciliation deal. The final vote was 51-50, with the tie-breaking vote being cast by Vice President Kamala Harris. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

“Meanwhile, pharmaceutical innovation will be stifled, the IRS will double in size, and not one thing in the so-called ‘Inflation Reduction Act’ will do anything to address the highest inflation Americans have experienced in 41 years,” he said in the release. “Passing this legislation and leaving it to taxpayers to foot the bill is the height of irresponsibility.”

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Ariana Figueroa
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