House Democrats Pass ‘Build Back Better’ Bill In 220-213 Vote

House Democrats finally passed President Biden’s “Build Back Better” agenda on Friday but the legislation now heads to the Senate where it faces an uncertain future.

The $1.75 trillion bill would tackle a host of Democratic priorities on health care, education and climate change. Passage of the legislation would be the largest expansion of the social safety net in the U.S. since the 1960s.

Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) delayed the vote by giving an overnight 8.5 hour speech. But in the end, his blathering amounted to nothing.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) described the bill during a press conference following the vote as “monumental, it’s historic, it’s transformative, it’s bigger than anything we’ve ever done.”

But moving forward, Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) could have outsized power in diminishing (or killing) the bill.

Manchin has already expressed his disagreement over multiple provisions, including paid leave.

Only one House Democrat voted against the bill – Maine Rep. Jared Golden. Not one Republican voted in favor of the bill.

A group of moderate House Democrats had been waiting for a fiscal score from the Congressional Budget Office before voting on the bill.

The Congressional Budget Office issued its estimate on Thursday that the bill would add $160 billion to the deficit over 10 years.

But that estimate did not include the $207 billion in additional revenues the office estimates the I.R.S. would ultimately collect from tax cheats.