Senate Democrats were none too pleased in the early hours of Sunday morning when one of their colleagues continued to press a failed idea. Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont Independent who caucuses with Democrats, continued to push an amendment to restore child tax credit payments.
One senator was heard muttering “Come on, Bernie,” as Sanders’ lengthy remarks finally ended.
It ultimately failed by a vote of 1-97.
In what was a grueling session of votes on the party’s so-called Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, Sanders pleaded for restoring the up to $300 monthly payments for each child under 18.
The socialist Sanders said the U.S. has almost the highest child poverty rate of any advanced country. He pointed out that it is “especially high among people of color.”
His argument was that the inflation-driving American Rescue Plan’s inclusion of the monthly child tax credit reduced child poverty in the nation by 40%. The proposal called for restoring the expanded tax credit for four years and paying for it by raising the top corporate tax rate to 28%.
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) agreed with Sanders on the effects of the child tax credit plan but argued that it would likely doom the overall package. Brown noted that all 50 Republicans have voted against the child tax credit twice.
With all 50 Democrats lined up in support of the bill as presented, the Ohio senator urged his colleagues to take what was in front of them and continue working for other programs.
Brown was heard making the “Come on, Bernie” remark when he concluded his arguments.
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After the defeat last year of President Joe Biden’s signature Build Back Better Plan, it took several months of secret negotiations to get moderate Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) on board with the new package. But even then, there was a party holdout.
Fellow centrist Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) fought for and won the removal of a portion of the bill that would raise taxes on hedge fund managers and others. Clearly Democrats are willing to do just about anything to trot something out to the voters before the November midterms.