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Dems’ sweeping social, climate bill passes House of Split

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Democrats brushed aside a months-long divide and pushed their expanding environmental and social bill through a sharply divided House of Representatives on Friday, as President Joe Biden and his party move closer to taking advantage of their control of government by shifting his resources toward their domestic top priority.

The House of Representatives passed the bill by a near-partisan 220-213 vote, sending the measure to the Senate where Senator Joe Manchin’s cost-cutting request, DW.Va., and strict rules. The institute’s strictures seem certain to force significant changes. That will spur new disputes between party centrists and progressives that could take weeks to resolve.

Even so, the passage of the House of Representatives marked a turning point for a remarkable measure of the breadth and depth of changes it will make in federal policies. Wrapped up in one bill are sweeping changes to taxes, health care, energy, climate change, home services, education and housing. That shows Democrats are eager to achieve their goals while controlling the White House and Congress — a dominance that could end after next year’s midterm elections.

The House vote also provided Biden with a momentary sense of victory, and perhaps relief, during perhaps the most terrifying period of his presidency. He has been battered by declining approval numbers in the polls, reflecting voters’ concerns about inflation, congested supply chains and the persistent coronavirus pandemic, which have worried Democrats. that their legislative efforts were unsuccessful with voters.

“If you’re a parent, senior, child, worker, if you’re an American, this bill is for you,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., highlighted the efforts of Democrats to impress the public.

Biden this week signed a $1 trillion package for highways and other infrastructure projects, another priority that has weathered months of struggle within Democrats. The president has spent recent days promoting that measure across the country.

Final approval of the larger bill, slated for Thursday, was delayed as Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., gave 8 and a half hours. wide face criticized Biden, the Democrat, and the bill, the longest speech ever made in the House. When he finished his speech in the early hours of the morning, the House took a short break before continuing his work, dozens of members appointing colleagues to vote.

Sometimes standing and referring to a bound folder on his desk, McCarthy shouted and hoarsely. Democrats regularly booed and groaned as McCarthy glared back, underlining partisan animosity that only deepened this week criticism of Congressman Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., Cho threatening tweets against Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y.

McCarthy, who hopes to become a speaker if Republicans capture the room in next year’s election, recounted the problems the country faced under Biden, including inflation, the rise of China and the rise of China. and large numbers of immigrants crossing the Southwest border. “Yes, I want to go back,” he said, mocking the “Build Back Better” name Biden used for the law.

House rules do not limit how long party leaders can speak. In 2018, Pelosi, the minority leader at the time, keep the floor just over eight hours demand action on immigration. Up until McCarthy’s speech, her speech was the longest-ever House speech.

Friday’s vote comes after the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated that the package would exacerbate the federal deficit by $160 billion over the next decade. The agency also recalculated the 10-year cost of the measure at $1.68 trillion, although that figure is not directly comparable to the $1.85 trillion that Democrats are using. use.

The 2,100-page bill initiatives include increasing childcare support, creating free preschools, limiting seniors’ prescription drug costs, and ramping up efforts to slow change climate. Also included are tax credits to promote clean energy development, increase childcare support, and extend tax breaks for millions of families with children, lower-income workers, and those in need. Buy private health insurance.

Much of this will be paid for by increasing taxes on the wealthy, large corporations and companies doing business abroad.

This measure will provide $109 billion to create free preschool for 3- and 4-year-olds. There are big payouts for home health care for seniors, new Medicare coverage for the hearing and a new requirement for four weeks of paid leave. However, the family leave program is expected to be scrapped in the Senate, where it is opposed by Manchin.

There is also language to allow the government to issue work permits to millions of immigrants so they can stay in the US temporarily and save $297 billion by letting the government limit prescription drug costs. The fate of both of those provisions is uncertain in the Senate, where the chamber’s nonpartisan congressman enforces rules that limit the provisions allowed in budget bills.

In a major but expected departure from the White House, the Congressional Budget Office estimates that an additional $80 billion bill to strengthen IRS tax enforcement would allow it to collect $207 billion in new revenue. in the next decade. That translates to a net savings of $127 billion, well below the White House’s more optimistic $400 billion estimate.

In a controversy over keeping points, the official CBO estimates that the overall legislation will increase the federal deficit by $367 billion over the next decade. The agency’s guidelines require them to ignore IRS savings when measuring the deficit impact of a bill, but they acknowledge that when IRS savings are included, the measure exacerbates the shortfall. budget deficit to 160 billion USD.

Biden and other Democratic leaders have said the measure will pay for itself, largely through increasing taxes on the wealthy, large corporations and companies doing business abroad.

Both sides worry about the deficit selectively. Republicans passed tax cuts in 2017 that made the red ink worse than $1.9 trillion, while Democrats enacted this year’s COVID-19 relief bill at a price the same, similar.

Republicans say the latest legislation will hurt the economy, reduce taxes for some wealthy taxpayers and make government larger and more intrusive. Attracting frequent GOP attacks is a provision that pushes the limits of state and local taxes that people can deduct from federal taxes, which helps those with the highest income from Coastal states have high taxes.

After months of negotiations, Democrats eagerly began selling packages back home. Lawmakers said they planned 1,000 events around the country later this year to showcase the benefits of the measure to voters.

Faced with even Republican opposition, Democrats could lose no more than three votes to prevail in the House, but moderates seem reassured by the CBO’s numbers.

Florida Democrat Representative Stephanie Murphy, a leading center, said she would support the measure after the latest figures showed the legislation was “personally disciplined” and “has many elements”. positive factor”.

Vice President Kamala Harris’s tie vote gives Democrats 50-50 control of the Senate. That left Democrats with no votes to spare, giving Manchin enormous leverage in the upcoming negotiations. The revised bill will have to be delivered to the House before it reaches Biden’s desk.

The nonpartisan private committee on a Responsible Federal Budget, which preaches fiscal restraint, estimates that the total cost of the bill would be nearly $5 trillion if Democrats don’t make a move. Its program number is temporary. For example, tax credits for children and low-income workers are only extended for one year, making their price tags seem lower, even though the party wants those programs to be permanent.

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