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“We have good balanced legislation. It took me eight months to get here,” Mr. Manchin said. “The process is what it is. You respect the process and we will see what happens.

In an advisory reviewed by The New York Times, Democratic prosecution staff offered advance guidance to senators and their aides as they contemplate the marathon voting session. “Please be patient, stay hydrated, wear comfortable shoes, bring snacks for your hiding place, a blanket for your knees as it is usually cold in the room at night and whatever makes you comfortable during that we squat down and get to work” It said.

Unlike the House, the Senate does not have proxy voting that allows lawmakers to vote remotely. The even partisan divide in the chamber means that, if all Republicans were present, the 50 senators who caucus with Democrats would also have to be present to muster enough votes for the measure, which would still need Vice President Kamala’s deciding vote. Harris to pass.

A recent spike in coronavirus cases in Congress could jeopardize those plans.

Sen. Richard J. Durbin of Illinois, the No. 2 Democrat, remained in quarantine Monday after testing positive last week, but was expected to return before the end of the week. A Republican, Senator John Cornyn of Texas, said on Monday he had tested positive for the coronavirus, but said with a vote on the reconciliation bill, “If that happens, I’ll be there, per CDC guidelines.”

Assuming the legislation authorizes the Senate, the House will have to return to Washington to approve the measure. As lawmakers remain scattered across the country for a planned summer recess, Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California and Democratic leaders said they would call the chamber back in session — with 24 hours’ notice — to vote on the plan.

With just a few votes to spare in the House, Democrats will need to stick together behind the plan to push it past Republican opposition. Some progressives expressed frustration with the narrow scope of the package and the fossil fuel provisions included at Mr Manchin’s insistence. But many hailed ambitious climate initiatives as worth supporting.



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