WASHINGTON — The House on Friday voted in line with party lines and asked President Joe Biden to sign broad Democratic bills to fight climate change, expand healthcare coverage and increase taxes on businesses. submitted the bill.
Passage of the Inflation Control Act represented a major victory for the Democratic Party ahead of the November midterm elections, after nearly a year of internal negotiations and renegotiations. Many near-death experiences on the bill defy.
The bill, which passed the Senate on Sunday in a 51-50 vote with Vice President Kamala Harris in a tie, will go to Biden, who is expected to sign it next week.
“We’ve done a lot under President Biden. The relief package and the infrastructure bill, CHIPS and science. “This is a source of joy.”
The House vote was 220 to 207, with Democrats uniting in support of the bill and Republicans unanimously voting against it, splitting it evenly along party lines.
In a video he tweeted after the vote, Mr Biden chided Republicans for opposing the bill.
“Today, finally, the American people won and the special interests lost. Democrats supported the American people, Republicans supported special interests. That’s the choice we face: Either defend what is already strong, or have the courage to build a future where everyone can fight equally.”
In preparation for the vote, Pelosi highlighted four key provisions of the bill. It gives Medicare the power to negotiate drug prices, extends the Affordable Care Act’s funding for three years, he enacts a series of articles on energy and climate change, and cuts the deficit. is.
The bill would raise about $700 billion through corporate tax increases and prescription drug savings, and spend about $400 billion on clean energy and healthcare delivery.
It was a rare defeat for the Capitol’s pharmaceutical lobby. But other influential industries, like private equity, have voided some of the provisions that would hurt them.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (DNY.
Republicans Hit ‘$5 Trillion Spending’
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Republican California Republican, called the bill “a $5 trillion spending that will raise taxes during a recession,” and urged all Republicans to vote NO.
“Once this bill goes to the House of Representatives, I urge everyone to vote NO,” he said in a recent statement.
The package is what most Democrats want because the safety net item was removed by Senator Joe Manchin (DW.Va.) and numerous tax increases were blocked by Senator Kirsten Cinema (D-Ariz) It’s far from what it used to be. But personally, Pelosi’s message to her colleagues was: In the end, Democrats accepted it.
Moderate Democrats cited deficit cuts and said they would cut energy and health care costs, which they argued would keep inflation down.
“I think it’s absolutely phenomenal for Ohio,” said Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), who is running for the Senate in a Republican-leaning state.
Progressives also hailed the largest package in U.S. history to combat climate change, addressing the problem by bringing many benefits to electric vehicles and clean energy products.
“When it comes to climate, this is the most important piece of legislation we will pass,” said Progressive Caucuses Speaker Pramila Jayapal, MP D-Wash. “It’s also the first time we’ve at least stepped into price gouging for a big pharma company.”
At the same time, Jayapal noted that the bill leaves out many other Democratic priorities, such as guaranteed family leave, childcare funding, child tax credit payments, universal pre-K, and immigration relief. It hurts my heart,” he said.
Republicans are against the new taxes included in the bill and He warns that IRS enforcement will lead to more audits.Democrats argue the bill would target sophisticated tax evaders and provide mechanisms to enhance refund processing and customer service. for ordinary Americans.
Overshadowed by Trump?
Rep. Bob Goode (R-Va.) has set Democrats on fire with his focus on climate change. “There is no climate crisis,” he said in an impassioned speech. “That’s a hoax.”
Some Republicans saw a silver lining.
Texas Republican Rep. Kevin Brady, who drafted the 2017 law, said a 15% minimum corporate tax would hurt, but “mostly are protected” in the new Democratic bill. said. “Yes, most of the Republican tax cuts—the Trump tax cuts—have been implemented.”
The vote came at a time when the repercussions over the recent FBI raid on former President Donald Trump’s estate, Mar-a-Lago, robbed him of much of the national spotlight.
For some Democrats who liked to brag about the bill this week, it was a source of frustration.
California Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff said, “I don’t think Trump will overshadow us. But Trump is like a planetary object with its own gravity, and it certainly gets a lot of public attention.” We are collecting ,” he said.
Democrats said the bill was more important.
“The news and history books often don’t rhyme, and I think when people look back on this period, they write more about the biggest climate investment the country has ever made than anything else.” Said Rep. Law Khanna, Democrat, California
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (DN.Y.), the Democratic congressional campaign chairman, said lower inflation “cannot happen anytime soon” and that Americans are becoming more accustomed to their lives. I said yes.
“I think my voters care more about what’s in their paycheck than what’s in Trump’s basement,” he said.