US Senate Democrats' bill will make mark on climate, healthcare costs

US Senate Democrats' bill will make mark on climate, healthcare costs

3 days ago

WASHINGTON: The US$430 billion climate change, healthcare and tax bill passed by the US Senate on Saturday delivers a major win for Democrats, and will help reduce the carbon emissions that drive climate change while also cutting costs for the elderly. Democrats hope the bill, which they pushed through the Senate over united Republican opposition, will boost their chances in the Nov 8 midterm elections, when Republicans are favoured to recapture the majority in at least one chamber of Congress. The package, called the Inflation Reduction Act, is a dramatically scaled-back version of a prior bill backed by Democratic President Joe Biden that was blocked by maverick Senate Democrats Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema as too expensive.

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