Alaskan Republican Senator Dan Sullivan has left Washington D.C. for a funeral as the Senate votes on possible changes to the coronavirus relief plan.

” Senator Sullivan planned to vote against last passage of the expense and made his opposition clear in a statement on Thursday, after his vote versus the motion to continue with consideration of the bill,” Sullivan spokesperson Nate Adams told The Hill

Dan Sullivan Vote-a-Rama
Sen. Dan Sullivan, shown here throughout the February 3 verification hearings for Environmental Protection Agency candidate Michael Regan, is returning house to Alaska for a funeral during the “vote-a-rama” session ahead of the last choose the coronavirus relief plan.
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As the Senate is currently divided 50-50 between Republicans and Democrats, Sullivan’s departure puts the GOP in a tight area. Without Sullivan, the split is 49-50, providing Democrats a small edge. Even with Sullivan, Democrats have the majority, with Vice President Kamala Harris casting any tie-breaking votes. That stated, it is still possible for Republican-proposed amendments to pass, offering one Democrat signs up with a consentaneous GOP vote.

Sullivan may be back in time for the last vote, according to The Hill, as the timeline is still uncertain. It’s anticipated the final vote will be early Saturday at the earliest.

Sullivan has slammed the size of the expense when explaining why he prepared to vote against it.

” Excessive of this bill has nothing to do with pandemic relief. In reality, only a small portion of the money being proposed will add to vaccinations and public health efforts,” Sullivan said in a statement released Thursday.

” The results of this pandemic aren’t just hurting Republican states or Democratic states. That’s why we require input and compromise from both sides of the aisle and agents from all parts of the country– particularly when it comes to a costs with an almost $2 trillion price tag,” Sullivan included.

Newsweek connected to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for remark.

Sullivan’s father-in-law is Hugh “Bud” Fate, who passed away last week at91 Fate was a travelling dental practitioner who flew to remote villages around Alaska to perform dentistry. Fate also represented Fairbanks in the state House of Representatives as a Republican from 2002 to2005 Fate’s daughter, Julie Fate Sullivan, married Dan Sullivan in 1994.

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