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Senate Votes to Open Debate on Democrats’ Tax, Energy, Drug Bill

  • Measure on track for passage after marathon of amendment votes
  • GOP says higher taxes, spending will hurt fragile economy
Joe Manchin walks through the US Capitol building on Aug. 6.
Joe Manchin walks through the US Capitol building on Aug. 6.Photographer: Ting Shen/Bloomberg

The Senate voted to open debate on a landmark tax, climate change and drug-price bill during a rare Saturday session that is expected to continue late into the night. 

The $437 billion, 755-page bill, a slimmed down version of President Joe Biden’s multitrillion-dollar domestic agenda, is on track for passage after a year of wrangling with two holdout Democrats, Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema, over the contents of the package.