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Sen. Lindsey Graham during a June Senate on Capitol Hill. Photo: Evelyn Hockstein-Pool/Getty Images

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told Fox News Sunday he may follow Texas Democrats' lead and "leave town" in order to stop a $3.5 trillion reconciliation package, a key priority of President Biden's agenda, from passing in Congress.

Why it matters: The U.S. Constitution stipulates that a quorum of at least 51 senators must be present on the floor for the Senate to conduct business, "unless a roll call vote or quorum call suggests otherwise."

Driving the news: Dozens of Texas House Democrats fled the state for Washington, D.C., last week to block a GOP-led voting bill. Gov. Greg Abbott (R) has threatened them with arrest upon their return.

What he's saying: Graham told Fox anchor Maria Bartiromo on "Sunday Morning Futures" that he and his Republican colleagues "may learn something from our Democratic friends in Texas when it comes to avoiding a $3.5 trillion tax-and-spend package: Leave town."

  • He insisted he would leave before he would let Democrats pass the bill.
  • "Hell yeah I would leave," Graham added. "I will use everything lawfully in my toolbox to prevent rampant inflation."

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Oct 26, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Rich tax may flunk

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The "billionaire tax" and other revenues Democrats want to pay for President Biden's $2 trillion social safety net expansion are about to face a math test from a notoriously hard grader: the Joint Committee on Taxation.

Why it matters: The budget reconciliation instructions require the Senate Finance Committee to offset all the spending it authorizes with the same amount of revenue. Hot air from House and Senate leaders about pay-fors will be replaced by the joint committee's cold arithmetic — and the result is in doubt.

The hard math behind America's labor shortage

Data: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Congressional Budget Office; Chart: Axios Visuals

Yes, the pandemic has created unusual temporary labor market dynamics. But in the bigger picture, the 2010s were a golden age for companies seeking cheap labor. The 2020s are not.

The big picture: In the 2010s, the massive millennial generation was entering the workforce, the massive baby bo0m generation was still hard at work, and there was a multi-year hangover from the deep recession caused by the global financial crisis.

Advocates fret Roe v. Wade's 49th anniversary could be its last

Photo: Leigh Vogel/Getty Images for Women's March Inc

As Saturday marks the 49th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court's landmark decision that legalized abortion access in the U.S., advocates warn the ruling is "more at risk now than ever."

The big picture: The Supreme Court in December heard a challenge to a Mississippi 15-week abortion ban that could throw Roe's survival into question, or at least narrow its scope.