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US Senators who are sick should be able to vote absentee, but apparently are still not allowed to do so. This means that intentionally infecting or otherwise incapacitating a US Senator could be used to impact vote outcomes, as a sort of legislative coup. Is this what happened here?

People do test positive and apparently get Covid-19 after vaccination.

However, either intentionally exposing someone to Covid-19 or giving a false positive could be used to control vote outcomes. The US Senate isn’t on break until August 9th. US Senator Graham is quarantining until around August 12th. https://www.senate.gov/legislative/2021_schedule.htm

Executive calendar, which shows bills that may be up for a vote: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/CCAL-117scal-2021-08-02/pdf/CCAL-117scal-2021-08-02.pdf

The NYT pointed out in January that “the Senate’s new 50-50 split, which makes every member’s vote that much more critical, makes the need for a fallback plan for voting that much greater.” See: “The Senate Needs Absentee Voting, Too: The chamber’s new leadership should get serious about enabling members to vote remotely in the event of emergencies.” Jan. 30, 2021 by the New York Times editorial board: https://archive.is/lwanv

On Monday, Senate Majority (Dem) Leader Schumer said: “Let’s start voting on amendments’…. He said a final vote on the legislation could be held ‘in a matter of days’ but vowed to keep the chamber in session until work on the measure is completed — before recessing for the Senate’s annual August vacation. ‘The longer it takes to finish the bill, the longer we will be here.’…
McConnell, over the objections of some Republicans, has agreed to allow debate to proceed but has not said how he will ultimately vote. On Monday, he described the 2,700-page bill as a “good and important jumping off point” for a discussion of the country’s infrastructure needs…
A jumping off the debt cliff point, after which the USA will likely undergo structural adjustment so that there will be neither social security nor welfare nor anything at all to help the truly needy.

US Senator Lindsey Graham @LindseyGrahamSC
I was just informed by the House physician I have tested positive for #COVID19 even after being vaccinated.

I started having flu-like symptoms Saturday night and went to the doctor this morning.

I feel like I have a sinus infection and at present time I have mild symptoms.

I will be quarantining for ten days.

I am very glad I was vaccinated because without vaccination I am certain I would not feel as well as I do now.

My symptoms would be far worse”. 3:04 PM · Aug 2, 2021 https://twitter.com/LindseyGrahamSC/status/1422272144059289602

US Senator Graham claims that the 2700 page infrastructure bill is only infrastructure. However, a bill of that length has a lot of non-infrastructure crap stuffed in, though not so much as Pelosi’s: “Ingrahamgrills Lindsey Graham on how GOP will benefit from infrastructurehttps://youtu.be/6qocoPoz4jk

Brian Patrick Monahan (born 1960) is the Attending Physician of the United States Congress and the United States Supreme Court and holds the rank of rear admiral in the United States Navy”https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_P._Monahan

Press Releases
McConnell Congratulates Senators on Bipartisan Progress, Urges Robust Floor Process on Infrastructure
August 2, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding infrastructure:
“A number of our colleagues in both parties worked through the weekend to finalize their draft agreement on a major bill for our nation’s infrastructure.
“I want to thank the Senators who have worked hard and long to get this effort this far already. I’m confident that out of the 100 of us who serve in this body, 100 of us will be able to find parts of this legislation that we wish were different.

“But I believe our colleagues’ draft text provides a good and important jumping-off point for what needs to be a robust and bipartisan process here on the floor.

“Infrastructure is exactly the kind of subject that Congress should be able to address across the aisle. Roads, bridges, waterways, airports — these things are not luxuries for the greatest nation in world history.

“They are necessities.

“Necessarily, legislation like this will be big and complex. It will necessarily affect all 50 states. That’s why — while I salute the hard work of my colleagues who produced the base text that’s now before us — their conversations can’t be the Senate’s last word.

“Senators on both sides expect and deserve opportunities to have a say and to put their own states’ imprints on this major bill. Just as infrastructure itself is not a luxury, but a necessity, the same goes for the Senate having a robust and bipartisan amendment process on legislation of this magnitude.

“Our full consideration of this bill must not be choked off by any artificial timetable that our Democratic colleagues may have penciled out for political purposes.

“Our bipartisan negotiators have already been taking this task very seriously. The American people need the Senate to continue taking it seriously.
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The Biden Admin has let in tons of illegal migrant workers, so that Americans won’t even benefit from any infrastructure jobs that might be created.

AUGUST 02, 2021
Toomey on Cryptocurrency Tax in Infrastructure Package: Text is Unworkable
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senate Banking Committee Ranking Member Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) released the following statement regarding a provision in the bipartisan infrastructure package that would tax cryptocurrency transactions:
“Congress should not rush forward with this hastily-designed tax reporting regime for cryptocurrency, especially without a full understanding of the consequences. By including an overly broad definition of broker, the current provision sweeps in non-financial intermediaries like miners, network validators, and other service providers. Moreover, these individuals never take control of a consumer’s assets and don’t even have the personal-identifying information needed to file a 1099 with the IRS. Simply put, the text is unworkable. I plan to offer an amendment to fix it.” ###