Susan Collins: Democrats Inflation Bill Could Kill Same-Sex Marriage Bill

It appears Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) thinks we can either have same-sex marriage or the Democrats' inflation reduction package, but not both.
Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME)

It appears Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) thinks we can either have same-sex marriage or the Democrats’ inflation reduction package, but not both.

From HuffPost:

Collins, one of a handful of GOP senators working to garner support in her party for a bill to codify gay marriage, said the Democrats’ surprise embrace of a tax and climate change bill made her job much harder.

“I just think the timing could not have been worse and it came totally out of the blue,” the Maine senator told HuffPost Thursday about Senate Democrats’ unveiling of their bill to raise taxes on some companies, boost IRS enforcement and spend the resulting money to fund anti-climate change efforts.

The bill still faces hurdles, including ensuring all Senate Democrats are on board and will be available to vote on it when it comes to the floor. But if Democrats pull it off, it could be a big political victory for the party and the White House.

The bill to codify gay marriage, which would also formally repeal a 1996 law overturned by the U.S Supreme Court in the Obergefell decision, passed the House of Representatives with the support of 47 Republicans on July 19.

Read the full report here.

Collins is one of two Republican sponsors of the marriage equality bill in the Senate.