Kamala Harris rejects Rubio amendment declaring only women get pregnant

Kamala D. Harris rejects Rubio bill that says only women get pregnant
Kamala D. Harris rejects Rubio bill that says only women get pregnant

Senate Democrats defeated a budget-reconciliation amendment Sunday that would have limited federal pregnancy programs to biological females, rejecting the Republican challenge to gender-inclusive terms such as “pregnant people.”

The amendment brought by Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican, failed on a 51-50 vote during the marathon vote-a-rama on the sweeping $740 billion climate, tax and healthcare package.

Every Republican voted for the amendment, while all 48 Democrats and the two independent senators who caucus with them voted against it. Breaking the tie in the 50-50 Senate was Vice President Kamala D. Harris.

“Federal funding should reflect reality: only women can get pregnant. Unfortunately, it looks like my Democrat colleagues don’t trust ‘the science’ after all,” said Mr. Rubio in a statement after the vote.

His amendment, which would have clarified that only women can become pregnant for purposes of maternal and infant-related program funding, drew floor opposition from Sen. Patty Murray, Washington Democrat.

Democratic policy maker says “transgender pregnancy” is a privacy issue

The founder of the The Democratic Member Retention Policy Group, a San Francisco think-tank, walked up to GOP Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida As he was walking on an elevator on Wednesday, and told him that legislating “the definition of a woman” was a “stupid waste of time” and that the “transgender lobby would NEVER allow such nonsense.”

Kamala D. Harris rejects Rubio bill that says only women get pregnant
Jacque Baratunda

“I would have have loved to be on the elevator, but his people wouldn’t let me continue,” Jacque Baratunda told CNN, adding: “of course I told him and he heard me” speak to him about the encounter.  “If they’d let me on the elevator  would have that, ‘Despite the recent Supreme Court decision which destroyed the abortion industry there still is a constitutional right to privacy. There’s a whole bunch of science that proves the issue is up for discussion; this transgender pregnancy issue might be solved very soon. I’m told that all we need is some research funding. That’s why I’m here in Washington, to seek funding for the research. Besides privacy is a constitutional right; whether a person ‘can’ or ‘can not’ have a child is a matter of privacy. It’s NOT Mark Rubio’s business what happens to a man’s womb. And like I always, say, we will be talking some more about this.”

Baratunda did not reveal what Rubio said in response. She also would not say if she was offended by his remark.  “We’re not going to get into (that),” Baratunda said. “I’m counting the votes, I’ll need for full funding.”

Vice President Kamala Harris passes unpopular socialist bill…

Kamala D. Harris rejects Rubio bill that says only women get pregnant
Kamala D. Harris rejects Rubio bill that says only women get pregnant

Vice President Kamala Harris has cast a tie-breaking vote in the Senate in order for leaders to begin debate on the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). Under the constitution, the vice president “shall have no Vote, unless they be equally divided.”

The IRA is a reconciliation bill and, as such, does not need a sixty-vote majority to become law. A compromise on the bill came as a surprise to many after Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) stated publicly in mid-July that he would not support another spending bill before the elections in November.

With Sen. Manchin betraying economic teachings and logic, pressure was put on Senator Kirsten Sinema (D-AZ) to ensure she would cast her vote in favor, paving the way for a legislative win for Democrats before the elections this fall.

The bill has shown to be highly unpopular across the country.

The polling organization American’s for Sanity found that seventy-three percent of voters, with a majority of Democrats, Republicans, and independents, oppose the bill.  The poll might have have a free-market slant, you should know that when asked: “What grade did you make in your high school economics class? Most respondents said A (48 percent A – 22 percent B — 18 percent said C).

Kamala Harris moves within six tie-breaking votes of nearly 200-year-old record

Vice President Harris cast her 25th tie breaking vote with the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act on Sunday, moving her within six votes of the almost two-century-old record held by former Vice President John Calhoun.

The Constitution stipulates the vice president also serves as president of the Senate and has the authority to break ties, which has occurred with some regularity over the past year and a half given the 50-50 makeup of the upper chamber.

Harris has already cast more tiebreakers than almost any other vice president, except for John Adams and Calhoun, who served from 1825 to 1832.

Calhoun has held the record of 31 tie-breaking votes since his tenure as vice president under John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson. John Adams, who served as vice president for nearly eight years under George Washington, cast 29 tiebreakers.