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U.S. Senate Democrats fend off amendments to $430 billion climate and drug bill

By Richard Cowan and David Morgan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The U.S. Senate on Sunday repelled attempts to amend a $430 billion measure sought by President Joe Biden, as Democrats forged ahead with efforts to pass a bill aimed at controlling climate change and cutting prescription drug costs for the elderly.

Senators, working over the weekend to pass a bill central to Biden’s domestic agenda, labored through the morning in hopes of passing the bill before starting an August recess. The bill also seeks to tighten enforcement on tax payments from corporations and the wealthy.

“The time is now to move forward with a big, bold package for the American people,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said at the start of debate on Saturday night.

He said the legislation contains “the boldest clean energy package in American history” to fight climate change while reducing consumer costs for some…

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