On Friday, the Democrats-controlled US House passed a sweeping 1.9T dollars lawmaking aimed at expansion of the social safety net and dealing with the climate crisis, a critical step that moves a top lawmaking priority of the American President closer to his desk.
House Dems voted to pass Joe Biden’s sweeping $1.9T social safety expansion lawmaking, a win for the Party even as the lawmaking faces arduous journey ahead in the U.S. Senate. The final number was 220/213 to pass the President’s ‘Build Back Better,’ with one Democrat, Rep. Jared Golden of Maine, and all GOPs voting against the bill.
The economic legislation stands as a major pillar of the US President’s domestic plan. It would deliver on longstanding Democratic primacies by enormously expanding social services for US nationals, working to reduce climate crisis, delivering support to children and families, and expanding access to healthcare.
Cheers broke out on the US House floor after Nancy Pelosi, the United States House Speaker, announced the bill passed, followed by chants of ‘Nancy’ by Dems. Pelosi said at a news briefing that the bill must be taken up by the United States Senate, an attempt that would put party unity to the conclusive step.
Senate Dems have no error margin to approve the lawmaking, and key legislators, noticeably moderate Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, have expressed worries over bill elements.
House Democrats are now voting to pass Biden’s sweeping social safety net expansion plan. It will next have to go to the Senate where it is expected to be majorly revised. So far only one Democrat is voting no: Jared Golden of Maine, per @DaniellaMicaela
— Clare Foran (@ckmarie) November 19, 2021
Moreover, on the House floor, Pelosi said that they’ve the ‘Build Back Better’ bill that’s transformative, historical, and bigger than anything they’ve ever done previously. She added that all Americans, if they’re a parent, a child, a senior, or an employee, this bill is for them, and it’s better.
Analysis of the Congressional Budget Office
Now, the sweeping bill moves to the Senate, which is believing for a vote before Christmas. The US Senate is anticipated to make some modifications to win the backing of all fifty Democrats voting members and keep to arcane budget rules. That would mean further vote in the House would be possible before the bill could become law.
The lawmaking includes a monthly per-child payment of nearly 300 dollars for most parents, childcare funding, universal prekindergarten (pre-K), extending Medicare hearing benefits, and expanding of Affordable Care Act subsidies. Moreover, it commits 555 Bn dollars toward tackling climate change, the massive such an attempt in American history.
Furthermore, the bill would be funded by tax raises on high-earners and businesses, more the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) enforcement, and prescription drug savings by allowing Medicare to settle prices for specific treatments.
The Representatives House and Senate recently passed, and Biden then signed it into law, a separate 1.2T dollars bipartisan infrastructure spending package, which marked a significant lawmaking achievement for both parties.
Earlier on Thursday evening, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), a US federal agency that provides budget and economic information to the U.S. Congress. released its final score for the bill, estimating that the spending packing would result in a net rise in the deficit tallying 367 Bn dollars. But the White House has worked to make the case that the sweeping bill would be genuinely paid for, in spite of the CBO analysis. The agency doesn’t include revenue from increased IRS enforcement. The budget office assessed previously that would raise 207 Bn dollars.