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‘Build Back Broke!’ Dem-controlled House jams through ‘devastating’ spending bill, as GOP sounds the alarm

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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.

Jon Dougherty

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