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 House looks to take up climate, taxes, health care bill next Friday
by Mychael Schnell - 08/05/22 2:56 PM ET

The House is planning to reconvene next Friday and take up the Democrats’ sprawling climate, tax and health care bill, pending Senate passage of the multibillion-dollar package in the coming days.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer’s (D-Md.) office sent out a floor update on Friday announcing that votes are expected on Friday, Aug. 12. The House is currently out of session for August recess.

“Members are advised that pending Senate action on the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, the House is expected to meet on Friday, August 12th, to consider the legislation,” the floor update reads.

“Members are further advised the House is expected to meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business, and multiple vote series are expected,” the memo adds.

The Senate is expected to pass the bill, titled the Inflation Reduction Act, in the coming days. The first vote on the package — which is being considered under budget reconciliation, a process that allows Democrats to pass the bill without Republican support — is set for Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

The initial vote will then tee up hours of debate followed by a vote-a-rama, when senators offer amendments in hopes of changing the legislation before it is brought up for a final vote.

Vote-a-ramas are not subject to time limits, leaving the schedule for final Senate passage up in the air.

Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) announced last week that they had reached a deal on what they called the Inflation Reduction Act, capping off months of intraparty negotiations on a climate, tax and health care bill. The measure includes $369 billion for an energy and climate program and allocates more than $300 billion to bring down the deficit.

The legislation received a boost on Thursday night when Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) said she would move forward with the measure after reaching a deal with Schumer.

Once the bill hits the House, it is expected to pass and head to President Biden’s desk for final signature.

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