Immediately after that vote, Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., proposed an alternative amendment that would have extended Title 42 until 60 days after the end of the public health emergency with the requirement for the administration to submit a plan to Congress to deal with a potential influx. migrants.
The Tester Amendment contained no funding and was therefore the subject of a budget point of order, which six Democrats joined all Republicans in voting to forfeit. The Democrats who joined Tester in supporting his amendment were Cortez Masto, Hassan, Kelly, Warnock and Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema. The motion to waive the budget point of order was not accepted, 56-44.
Superfund tax, Medicaid
A handful of Senate Democrats in close re-election races voted to drop a budget order on a Hassan amendment to remove a section of the bill that reinstates a tax to be paid for cleaning up toxic sites through the Superfund program.
The bill would increase taxes on barrels of petroleum and other petroleum products imported from 9.7 cents to 16.4 cents, indexed to inflation. Hassan’s amendment would delete this section.
Established in 1980, the Superfund program — an EPA-administered federal program to clean up toxic waste sites — has historically been funded by taxes on chemicals and a separate tax on petroleum products. But those taxes expired in 1995, and while the bipartisan infrastructure law reinstated the chemicals tax, it did not restore the petroleum products tax.