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Senate PASSES Biden-backed $740 billion reconciliation bill with no Republican support

The bill passed 50-50 with an amendment by GOP Senator John Thune - who did not vote for the final package
The bill passed 50-50 with an amendment by GOP Senator John Thune - who did not vote for the final package
 

The Senate has passed the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, a $740 billion climate change and healthcare spending bill that has been the result of months-long talks within the Democratic Party.

No Republican lawmakers signed onto the bill, though Democrats were able to pass it via a simple majority through the budget reconciliation process. It's a major win for Democrats' agenda, whose prospects in the looming midterm elections had looked dim for months.

Vice President Kamala Harris cast the tie-breaking vote in the evenly divided chamber as Democrats erupted into applause at the end of their 16-hour session.

A visibly emotional Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer took to the Senate floor to thank everyone from Congressional staffers to the Capitol cafeteria workers for aiding the effort, telling them: 'You'll tell your grandchildren you were here.'

Lawmakers had been debating the package since 11 p.m. on Saturday, and continued into late afternoon on Sunday without stopping.

But Republicans have accused Democrats of misleading the American public with the legislation's name, claiming it won't help sky-high inflation and citing a study that says it could increase taxes on every income bracket.

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