Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) demanded a “vote-a-rama” over the weekend to ram through the “Inflation Reduction Act” spending and IRS jobs bill without any Republican support. As part of the mad rush to pass the $740 billion bill, Democrats unanimously rejected a provision that would have limited federal pregnancy programs to biological women.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) offered an amendment on Sunday that would have clarified language in the bill to provide that only biological women are eligible for the pregnancy programs, in as much as only women are biologically capable of becoming pregnant.
After the amendment was defeated, Rubio issued a statement that said it unfortunately appears that his “Democrat colleagues don’t trust ‘the science’ after all.”
Every Senate Republican voted in favor of the Rubio amendment and all 50 Democratic senators voted against it.
In a floor speech in favor of his amendment, Rubio said that he had “looked back across 5,500 years of human history” and found that every pregnancy ever known had involved a biological female. He said that he therefore wanted to be sure that the federal funding for the programs was only used for persons who are eligible to participate.
The bill passed in the Senate Sunday thanks to the vote of Vice President Kamala Harris that broke a 50-50 tie, also along strict party lines.
The bill has been sent to the House where a vote is expected by the end of the week and is likely to see the bill passed there again along party lines. Joe Biden has already said that he is eager to immediately sign the spending measure into law as soon as he is able to.
Republicans are expected to use the party-line vote as a campaign issue in the lead-up to the midterm elections. Americans are likely to question the move to increase taxes on every American tax bracket and further stimulate federal spending as the nation is now mired in a recession that has been ongoing for all of 2022.
Mainstream women voters are also unlikely to be pleased that the Washington definition of “woman” has been further diluted and devalued.