The Democrat-controlled House on Friday passed President Joe Biden’s massive social and climate spending bill known as his “Build Back Better” plan with Republicans already predicting that the measure will amount to a transformation of the country in ways most Americans will reject.
“I thank Speaker Pelosi and the House leadership and every House member who worked so hard and voted to pass this bill,” Biden said in a statement Friday morning after the measure passed along largely partisan lines. “For the second time in just two weeks, the House of Representatives has moved on critical and consequential pieces of my legislative agenda.”
In response, Pelosi said the bill “is a spectacular agenda for the future, with transformational action on health care, family care and climate that will make a significant difference in the lives of millions of Americans.”
According to a summary by The Hill, the measure “includes a host of policies that Democrats have sought for years, or even decades,” such as child care subsidies, universal preschool funding, more paid family leave, extensions of the child tax credit and enhanced ‘Obamacare’ subsidies, as well as tax incentives for renewable energy. The measure also contains “efforts to slash prescription drug prices for seniors,” The Hill reported without elaborating.
Drug prices on average fell about 11 percent under former President Donald Trump, according to the White House Council of Economic Advisers.
But Republicans say the bill’s total cost will amount to far more than its advertised $1.85 trillion, while also pointing out that the Congressional Budget Office after scoring the bill noted that it is not fully paid for, as Biden and Democrats claimed it would be, and is instead poised to add hundreds of billions to the national debt over the course of the next decade.
“Contrary to President Biden’s repeated claim that this bill will cost zero dollars, it will actually cost trillions,” noted Rep. Tom Cole (Okla.), the senior Republican on the House Rules Committee.
Other Republicans also ripped the “transformational” bill.
Dems just passed the largest expansion of government in modern history. It puts the government in charge of everything from your child’s daycare to your personal bank account.
The consequences of this bill would be devastating for our economy and families across the country.
— RSC (@RepublicanStudy) November 19, 2021
BBB will add BILLIONS to federal debt AND drive our existing social programs towards bankruptcy even faster. https://t.co/Y4PONoUXar
— Rep. Mike Waltz (@michaelgwaltz) November 19, 2021
Republicans Unanimously Oppose Build Back Better Act After Historic Kevin McCarthy Speech https://t.co/byX5luhvWN
— Mike Pence (@Mike_Pence) November 19, 2021
Let this sink in:
The BBB Act spends $2+ trillion over the next TEN years.
The 2020 CARES Act spent $2+ trillion in ONE year.
It’s fashionable to oppose BBB today, but Trump & many DC republicans attacked me for opposing CARES Act. They didn’t even want a recorded vote on it!
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) November 19, 2021
Biden insisted his bill would cost “zero dollars”, and now we know that’s not the case. “Build Back Better” is looking more like “Build Back Broke”.https://t.co/33tOl4hehV
— Tim Scott (@votetimscott) November 19, 2021
Today, I voted NO on the progressive Democrat-led reconciliation “Build Back Better” (BBB) bill. The size and scope of this 2,460+ page bill would be the largest expansion of government in our nation’s history.
Read my full statement here:https://t.co/Gbs9lkLIs4
— Rep. Russ Fulcher (@RepRussFulcher) November 19, 2021
This morning, @SpeakerPelosi and @HouseDemocrats jammed through their #BuildBackBroke socialist spending spree that seeks to radically transform our country, jack up taxes, and impose massive government control over our economy and lives. I voted NO! Read my full statement ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/iS8reumNsf
— Lee Zeldin (@RepLeeZeldin) November 19, 2021
#BuildBackBroke is is the largest tax and spending bill in US History. $1.75 Trillion in a 10 lb. package of micro print. This Bill will crush small businesses and stifle innovation. Massive tax breaks for the wealthy. Call your Senator and make sure they vote NO. pic.twitter.com/qEdovQvJqZ
— Claudia Tenney (@claudiatenney) November 19, 2021
The progressive left is out to weaponize the IRS and federal government against ALL poor and middle class Americans and preserve the loopholes for the wealthy… #BuildBackBroke is what they are doing to normal Americans… https://t.co/mWvTvPWnsu
— Tony Shaffer (@T_S_P_O_O_K_Y) November 19, 2021
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