US Senate passes Biden’s $454bn Inflation Reduction Act

US Senators voted through the night to push through the Inflation Reduction Act – a flagship measure tackling climate change, tax and healthcare.

After a marathon session the bill was finally passed on Sunday night, with the aid of vice president Kamala Harris exercising her casting vote.

The bill, which still has to clear the House of Representatives, had been heavily scaled down from the $3.5 trillion package which was presented to Congress in the early days of the Biden administration.

President Joe Biden and his allies were forced to ditch many of their pledges because of the opposition of two Democrats – Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema – in the evenly divided Senate.

The $454 billion (£376 billion) should be on the president’s desk within a few weeks.

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