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'I feel it when I'm out': Democrats energized by recent wins

Democrats celebrate string of wins as they head home for August recess and start campaigning . Less than 100 days until Election DayA prominent bill giving vulnerable Democrats a positive message heading into November.

On Sunday,Senate Democrats passed the Inflation Reduction Act without a Republican vote.  This is the greatest action taken by Congress to combat climate change. The bill also gives Medicare the power to negotiate drug prices, a longtime Democratic priority, and limits out-of-pocket drug costs for Medicare patients. Some Democrats had already run ad campaigns for the proposals included in the bill. Now they can point to legislation as evidence that they can deliver on their promises.

"We have finally made this historic, once-in-a-generation investment in the future of our country that will cut costs for Georgians, create clean energy jobs and reduce the deficit all at the same time. Senator  Raphael Warnock, who is running for re-election in a tight race against Republican candidate Herschel Walker, said .

Following the Senate vote, Warnock touted two specific bills he proposed: a Medicare $35 cap on insulin and , drug cost limits for the elderly: "I don't like politics. I like change. This law will make a real difference in people's lives."

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Senator Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) tells reporters after signing papers to apply for re-election Friday, June 10, 2022. Kathy McCormack/AP

Arizona Senator Mark Kelly will face  Republican challenger Blake Masters. In the fall, he also celebrated the passage of the Inflation Control Law. 

“When I meet with Arizona residents and small businesses statewide, the biggest concern I hear is rising costs. will be reduced and we can produce great things - work pays in Arizona,”tweeted, 

Sen. Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire said Medicare In her state, which she later called the ability to negotiate the price of prescription drugs a common sense tool she'd battled, she's heard far too many stories from people struggling to get prescriptions. Hassan's Republican challenger will be decided in the state primary on Sept. 13.

The bill has now gone to the House of Representatives, and lawmakers are scheduled to return to Washington on Friday to vote in line with their party's line.

The bill's political impact could be particularly felt in the slightly Democratic House of Representatives, which is in danger of losing control of the House this November. The latest CBS News Battleground Tracker estimates that Republicans are likely to retake the House with her 230 seats this fall. The senatorial race seems to be in turmoil.

But the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act is the latest in a wave of recent legislative achievements for Democrats and especially for President Biden, with approvals hitting a record low this summer. In the past two months, Congressmen have won bipartisan support to launch her CHIPS and Science Act,PACT Act, which focused on U.S. innovation and competitiveness. — passed a medical law for A veteran exposed to burn holes.

Democrats want more motivation from their base to vote to overthrow Roe v. Wade, which ended abortion rights nationwide, and their rejection of recent amendments In an emboldened state of Kansas, a Republican-controlled Congress could have further restricted or even banned abortion.

Democratic Rep. Susan Wilde of Pennsylvania's 7th District said the Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade was a "catalyst" for a more active party presence in her district, but here A few weeks bill said it was keeping it. "Resounding" existence.

"I feel it when I'm outside," she said. "I've noticed the market is going up. I wouldn't say excitement because people are really upset about some things, but enthusiasm and making sure they go to the polls.
At the same time,Democrats, facing an onslaught of Republican attacks over rapid inflation, also saw gasoline prices peak above $5. 1 gallon in June. Gasoline is $4. 01 gallons on Wednesday, according to AAA. 

While Democrats in Congress are pushing to vote on climate and health-care bills, among the candidates in battleground states seeking to overthrow Republicans are Some are using the law to pursue dissidents. 

In North Carolina, Democratic Senate candidate and former Chief Justice Cheri Beasley challenged opposition Republican Congressman Ted Budd.  

Rep. Val Demings, who is running to remove Senator Marco Rubio, tweeted the same argument for legislation, calling for a similar bill to Congress. asked for approval. 

In Pennsylvania, where Republican Senator Pat Toomey is leaving office, Democratic Lieutenant Governor and current Senate candidate John Fetterman lashes out at Republicans, caps insulin at $35 criticized for blocking proposed amendments to the Inflation Reduction Act. A month for everyone.

“Dr. Oz and his Republican friends in Washington are calling for exorbitant prices to be paid for life-saving drugs like insulin. We don't have to ration," he said.

Rep. Wilde of California and Rep. Mike Levin, a Democrat, said they emphasized provisions about lowering the cost of prescription drugs when speaking to voters about how the law would curb inflation. Stated. 

Both also noted that the law's temporary extension of  health insurance subsidies and the prevention of significant increases in insurance rates this fall would be major selling points that could be promoted to voters. He also said there is. 

"Forget electoral politics for a moment. But from a policy standpoint, there are people suffering from inflation. Gas and groceries are expensive. The last one is for people, we're going to be hit with higher health insurance premiums," Levin said. 

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) outside the Capitol in August. I attended a press conference on the Inflation Reduction Act. April 4, 2022, Washington, DC.  Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The Democrats' Inflation Reduction Act is less than adequate for his $3.5 trillion Build Back Better bill, which was proposed last year. A dramatically simplified version. passed in the House of Representatives. But it has its advantages. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that current bills will actually cut the deficit by over $100 billion over the next decade, but new tax enforcement rules could generate more than $200 billion in new revenue over the same timeframe. there is. 

Senate Republicans will not vote for the Control Inflation Act, and Republicans in the House are not expected to endorse it in Friday's vote. Republicans continue to accuse Democrats of spending recklessly on the latest legislation. That's a common theme for Republicans heading into the midterm elections, as inflation hit a 40-plus-year high, rising 9.1% year-on-year in June.

However, Democrats can be expected to suggest their approach is working. Last month, inflation flattened for the first time in over two years, and the annual rate fell to 8.5% for him.

In his interview with CBS News' "Face The Nation" on Sunday, Republican Senate Committee Chairman Rick Scott said the Inflation Reduction Act should instead be called the "Law of War against the Elderly." claimed to be. Other Republican lawmakers insist they will raise taxes even though the president has promised not to raise taxes on households under $400,000. 

This week's poll was conducted by the House Republican-backed non-profit American Action Network in three swing districts, and the bill is the result of his IRS investigation. Tested the Republican message of adding an officer. Eligible for the electric vehicle tax credit for “wealthy families,” corporate tax hikes will force companies to cut jobs. In districts in Michigan, New York, and Texas, a majority of respondents were more likely to vote against the Democratic Party after hearing it.

House Republican leadership has already opposed the bill, saying it has "budgetary gimmicks that don't really reduce the deficit" and criticizing provisions to add more staff to the IRS. starting to vote.  

Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who is tasked with counting the votes, wrote an email to House Republicans. The email also ties the Inflation Reduction Act provision to the FBI's search for Mara in his Lago on Monday.

"No need to look to the Biden Department of Justice fully weaponized against political opponents. Hired by the same administration, he has 87,000 of his IRS agents to do what they want." I want you to imagine it." 

Wilde called the approach "an absolutely ridiculous point" and said he was asked one question about the IRS at a recent city hall. 

The challenge left for Wilde, Levin and other hard-fought Democrats is how to discuss this legislation with voters. Passing a bill does not necessarily resonate with voters.

“When I talk to people in the district about their bills, I always give them the top line. It's slow," said Wilde. "But it's all about helping people understand what they need to do to take advantage of these resources that are coming in between now and November and beyond." 123}

"I think the House Democrat political obituary was written way too soon. Let's see what the next few months will bring. Then get out there and campaign," said Levin. added Mr. 

Sarah Ewall-Wice

Economic policy reporter for CBS News.

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