Democrats Make Progress on Biden’s Build Back Better Agenda

Democrats Add Provisions to Build Back Better Package

( – Democrats have fought among themselves for months over the various provisions of President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better infrastructure bills. Over the summer, the Senate passed the bipartisan infrastructure bill. However, when it went to the House, progressives held it hostage in order to pass their massive human infrastructure bill. Now, there is progress on both fronts.

On November 5, the House finally managed to pass the $1.2-trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill mainly along party lines. Six progressive Democrats voted against the measure, but 13 Republicans carried it across the finish line. The bill was sent to President Joe Biden’s desk for his signature.

As for the other bill, on November 3, House Democrats released the latest version of the measure after reinserting previously deleted provisions. The latest version of the legislation now includes four weeks of paid family leave. Biden had initially asked for 12. Likewise, House Democrats reinserted a measure increasing the federal deduction for state and local taxes from $10,000 to $72,500.

Wall Street Journal contributors highlighted Pelosi’s insistence on reattaching family leave provisions to the bill despite anticipated pushback in the Senate where Democrats can only count on 48 votes. Pelosi’s decision to cancel the expected vote on the measure on Friday appeared to buttress reporters’ concerns regarding the bill’s future.

Pelosi canceled the vote after a group of moderates said they wanted the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to conduct a cost analysis, determining the long-term impact of the Build Back Better bill on the budget deficit. The CBO should have the study completed within days, and moderates vowed to vote for the measure if the CBO confirmed White House cost estimates.

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