Democrats break rules to dare GOP to vote against insulin cap

Democrats inserted a provision in the so-called ‘Cutting Inflation Act’ that would cap the price of insulin for consumers at $35 a month, though it would violate the rules of the reconciliation process to pass the overall bill.

The goal is to punish Republicans for voting against the overarching bill — even though a separate insulin pricing bill was already making its way through the Senate.

Notably, during his first week in office, President Joe Biden reversed President Donald Trump’s executive order capping insulin and epinephrine prices. He then spent months attacking Congress for not lowering prescription drug prices. (Ironically, drug prices have come down anyway, even amid high global inflation.)

The “Inflation Reduction Act” would not actually reduce inflation, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) called the bill a “fraud”; even Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) admitted inflation was unaffected.

However, Democrats say — and the CBO agrees — the bill will cut deficits slightly, including by raising some taxes.

CNN’s Manu Raju, quoting Sen. John Thune (R-SD), said Republicans plan to raise a point of order to oppose the insulin provision in the bill, noting that the congressman from Senate has previously said it violates Senate rules:

Normally, bills require a 60-vote threshold to end debate and proceed to a vote in Seante, but “reconciliation” bills use a special process, available only twice a year, that allows for a vote by simple majority, as long as the bills follow the specified rules.

These rules include allowing opposition amendments. Republicans are proposing a series of amendments that will embarrass Democrats who vote “no,” which they must do to preserve the political unity needed to pass the comprehensive bill.

Joel B. Pollak is editor of Breitbart News and host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot Sunday nights from 7-10 p.m. ET (4-7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the recent e-book Neither Free Nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. His latest book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is the winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.


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