by Casey Harper
Congressional Democrats passed a $1.75 trillion social spending plan Friday, putting the bill’s fate in the hands of a deeply divided Senate.
The bill funds universal pre-kindergarten, climate change spending, Obamacare subsidies, an extension of the monthly child tax credit payment and more wide ranging spending items. House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy spoke more than eight hours on the House floor overnight to delay the vote until Friday morning, but afterward it passed 220-213 along party lines with one Democrat opposed.
“We are very excited for what it does for the children, for the families,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said in a press conference after the bill’s passage.
The vote comes after the the Congressional Budget Office published an official cost estimate Thursday for President Joe Biden’s “Build Back Better” plan and reported that the spending will increase the federal budget deficit, contrary to the administration’s previous claims.
“CBO estimates that enacting this legislation would result in a net increase in the deficit totaling $367 billion over the 2022-2031 period, not counting any additional revenue that may be generated by additional funding for tax enforcement,” the group said.
Now the bill heads to the Senate, where Democrats cannot afford to lose a single vote. U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., and Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., have so far been hesitant to support the plan. What they decide now will likely determine the fate of the legislation.
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Casey Harper is a Senior Reporter for the Washington, D.C. Bureau. He previously worked for The Daily Caller, The Hill, and Sinclair Broadcast Group. A graduate of Hillsdale College, Casey’s work has also appeared in Fox News, Fox Business, and USA Today. Harper contributes to The Center Square.