The Build Back Better Act, a $ 1.75 trillion social and climate spending bill, has been passed by the United States House of Representatives.
President Joe Biden has called the bill a central part of his agenda and wants it to go to the Senate.
Rebuild Better Act
The House Democratic majority approved the bill on November 19 despite fierce opposition from Republicans. According to President Biden, the bill represents a step forward – it puts everyone on the path to rebuilding the economy better than before by rebuilding the backbone of America, namely the workers.
After months of delay, Democrats used this majority in the House to push through the expanded social safety net. Voting was almost entirely conducted along bipartisan lines, 220-213, according to CNBC.
Kevin McCarthy, the Republican minority leader, derailed the voting schedule on Nov. 18 with an eight-hour, 32-minute marathon speech. It was the longest speed made on House floor but could only delay instead of denying the vote.
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Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House, lowered her hammer to signal the passage of the bill. It was greeted with enthusiastic applause from Democratic members, CBS reported.
Pelosi said the bill is historic, monumental and transformative. When it comes to action on the climate crisis, Pelosi said they care about the plant, so they want to embrace it.
The people behind the bill
The Build Back Better Act can donate hundreds of billions of dollars to new social programs and activities to mitigate the effects and worsening of the climate crisis, according to USA Today.
Outside the U.S. Capitol, Progressive Leader and Democratic Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal said there was no agreement on all elements of the bill, but was pleased with the overwhelming support . She also called the bill a strong vote to send to the Senate.
James Clyburn, a congressman from South Carolina who was instrumental in accompanying black voters to support President Joe Biden as he struggled in the primaries during the 2020 campaign, ultimately seeing Biden win, said the passage of the bill is “a good day.” “
The bill has now passed through the Senate, facing outright opposition from Republicans and an uphill battle against centrist Democratic Senators Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Krysten Sinema of Arizona.
Chuck Schumer, the Senate Majority Leader, has said he wants the bill to pass the Senate, return to the House and be on President Joe Biden’s desk from here December 25 for signature. He expects a more fierce debate to take place in December.
The bill will use the reconciliation process for budget legislation, meaning it can be passed in the Senate with a simple majority instead of a 60-vote threshold so only Democrats can see it through the chamber if they continue to support it.
However, Bernie Sanders, an independent senator from Vermont, said the Senate has an opportunity to make this a truly historic bill. Sanders promised they would listen to the people’s demands and strengthen the bill.
In 2015, a study found that there is a link between the climate crisis and the economy.
In a previous report on Tech Times, AI showed just how massive the climate crisis is and how it can affect future generations.
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