U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin hopeful as Respect for Marriage Act awaits Senate vote

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKBT) — On Capitol Hill, U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., is optimistic the Senate can move forward on a bill that offers legal protections on gay marriage.

Baldwin, the Senate’s first openly gay member, has been working on the Respect for Marriage Act, which passed in the House last month with 47 Republicans voting in favor.

But with the 50-50 split in the Senate, Baldwin and the rest of her Democratic senators need 10 Republicans to move the bill forward to a vote.

“I am feeling more hopeful than ever that we’re going to have the votes we need to avoid a filibuster,” Baldwin said.

The bill likely won’t come up for a vote until September after a weeks-long recess, she said.

The Senate just passed the PACT Act on Tuesday giving federal aid to veterans exposed to toxic burn pits.

Democratic senators are making the over $400 billion Inflation Reduction Act a priority while they’re in session.

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