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One More Hurdle for Democrats’ Tax, Climate Bill: ‘Vote-a-Rama’

  • Grueling all-night session set to slog through amendments
  • Democrats will have to stay unified to fend off GOP changes
Joe Manchin

Joe Manchin

Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg

Senate Democrats plan to finish their climate, health and tax package this weekend, but only after enduring a marathon “vote-a-rama,” the quirky procedure that requires slogging through a theoretically unlimited number of amendments.

The gantlet of tough, politically fraught votes is expected to take all night Saturday into Sunday. It’s the trade-off under the Senate’s intricate rules for Democrats to circumvent a Republican filibuster and pass the legislation with a simple majority.