Today, President Biden, during a virtual meeting with business and labor leaders, urged Congress to pass the Inflation Reduction Act, arguing that polling has shown many of its provisions to be popular with the public.
Democrats are scrambling to push the package through the chamber under budget reconciliation rules that would allow passage without any Republican votes, assuming all 50 members of the Democratic caucus are on board. Party leaders have been engaged in closed-door discussions in recent days with Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), who has said little publicly about the legislation. Schumer announced Thursday that the Senate hopes to vote Saturday to begin debate.
Meanwhile, Tennessee is holding primary elections Thursday for redrawn congressional seats, governor and the state legislature, among other offices. Republican Gov. Bill Lee (R) has no primary challenger, and national Democrats haven’t targeted his race in a state that hasn’t elected a Democrat to statewide office since 2006.
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