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Activists with the Center for Popular Democracy hold signs near the entrance where Senator Joe Manchin's (D-WV) luxury house boat is docked in Washington, DC on December 9, 2021. Manchin has become a road block in many of the Democratic attempts to enact reforms to combat Climate Change while receiving millions in income from his family's coal mining business. (Photo by SAMUEL CORUM/AFP via Getty Images)

US Senate Recesses for the Year Without Build Back Better, Voting Rights

But somehow managed to confirm Rahm Emanuel as ambassador to Japan

Common Dreams staff

The US Senate adjourned for the year at 4:02am Saturday morning after Democrats failed to reach agreement on their top legislative priorities: the Build Back Better Bill and voting rights legislation.

But, at 1:30am, with one of the last few votes of the year, former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was confirmed ambassador to Japan

The Senate is now scheduled to return to Washington on Jan. 3.

Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) had promised for weeks that the Senate would pass Biden's Build Back Better legislation by Christmas. But Schumer acknowledged on Friday that the Senate had failed to meet that timeline.

While Democratic Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema are largely responsible for killing the Democrat's priority legislation, Majority Leader Schumer was called out for never even forcing them to take a vote before adjourning for the year:

The leader of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, US Rep. Pramila Jayapal, had called on the Senate to stay in session:

"We fight inflation by passing Build Back Better and cutting costs — this can’t wait," Jayapal tweeted. "The House did our work, and now it’s time for the Senate to do theirs. They must stay in session."

Reaction from other progressive leaders was harsh:

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