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house Bill H.R. 5376

Build Back Better Act: Democrats’ $1.7 Trillion Social Spending Plan

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Democrats need to enact an ambitious social spending plan, and the Build Back Better Act would be transformative for the American economy by providing relief tax relief to families and taxpayers in high-tax states; spurring green energy technologies; establishing universal pre-school programs for three- and four-year-olds along with subsidized childcare; and granting parole to certain unauthorized immigrants who were brought here through no fault of their own.

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11/19/2021
I am 78. I grew up when education was valued, teachers were respected, families could afford to buy a house, medical bills were manageable, public service was a desirable occupation, and there existed so, so many opportunities for the middle class which the Republican Party has gutted and tarnished. Restoring the middle class will also lift up the working poor.
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11/19/2021
Why is it so difficult and so very slow to do the right thing? We have a chance to rescue our country, its people, and possibly the world, yet the Republicans in Congress (and Manchin and Sinema) always seem to have an "issue." Welcome to the theatre of the absurd?
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11/19/2021
This is needed now. The projected deficit costs of less than an average of $40 Billion/year over ten years time are fairly insignificant when compared to the annual tax breaks the Republicans have given the wealthiest in our country, the costs of subsidies and tax breaks given to the fossil fuel industry annually, the transfer of wealth to big Pharma every year due to unregulated pricing, the unfunded medical costs that hospitals have to pass on to to consumers to treat uninsured people, or any of many other metrics that could be used. … … … However, the biggest economic costs will be that of not doing enough to assure that our country has the capacity to complete economically with the rest of the industrialized world - which has invested in the welfare and preparedness of their people to compete in numerous technological, agricultural, manufacturing, and scientific areas - all of which we are losing ground in. … … … Our country currently has the default currency upon which the worlds economies are based. Our alliances have shaped the governments of the world. Our leadership in numerous areas is welcome and expected because we have played fair and negotiated win-win scenarios with our alliances. All of these things have come from having a productive population that can contribute to many aspects of the world economy in many ways. Our military is certainly the biggest stick that any country has been able to muster- but that is not the source of our influence. Our influence comes from the energy and ethics of our people; our Allies envied our ability to produce ideas and things; our foes were afraid of our ability to muster resources to successfully overcome any challenge. We risk losing the edge that keeps our country being seen as a world leader. The economic costs of not protecting that ‘status’ have to be staggeringly high - but are not included in the CBO cost analysis. … … … Biden’s initiatives, all of them taken together are a remarkably synergistic set of actions to prepare our country and our populace to productively take on future challenges that our country and the world will have to deal with. The social safety net, the increased education of our children, the addressing of social imbalances, the care and feeding of our neediest children, child and elder care support, expanded medical care and other provisions are all attuned to making our country more productive, healthier and better able to confront changes that we can see coming. The economic and humanitarian costs of not preparing for and doing whatever we can to limit the damages from the accelerating Climate Crisis far and away exceed the costs of preparing to address this now. To think otherwise is profoundly penny-wise and pound-foolish. Protecting this years profits means nothing without protecting the long term habitability of our planet. … … … And just stop with the bull crap inflation arguments. Every industrialized country on the planet is experiencing this no matter how much or how little they are deficit spending. Pent up demand and suppliers unprepared to meet it have driven up costs everywhere - not just the US. The fact that our ports are regulated by the cities they are in, that the international supply chains are dominated by large corporations invested in economies of scale, the shipping industry and the distribution networks are all separate entities with different regulations and motivations really complicate matters. That and the people in this country who knew how to make this maze of regulatory and organizational rules work were left to find other work when they lost their jobs through no fault of their own. Another penny-wise pound-foolish Republican decision to not support people during the pandemic and assure that they would be available when needed - that has had and will continue to have significant economic costs as new people will have to learn how to make and keep our local supply chains functional once again.
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Argument opposed

Democrats’ social spending plan is an irresponsible handout to their cronies that will only exacerbate the inflation that’s hitting Americans’ household budgets hard and adding $367 billion to the national debt over the next decades. One of the largest provisions in this bill is a tax cut for wealthy taxpayers in high-tax states, and it further attempts to pick winners and losers by handing out subsidies to green energy companies, union-only electric vehicle manufacturers, and tax credits for local journalists.

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11/19/2021
Can’t spend your way into prosperity. This will lead to higher debt, higher inflation, more government dependency, higher taxes and most likely a Great Recession or depression. We have spent enough. Be responsible or be be replaced.
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11/19/2021
No, No and NO. To begin with, Biden continues to lie by claiming that it's paid for, which it is not. But, it doesn't matter, because even if it were, there is still a lot of crap in this bill. Need to go back to the drawing board.
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11/19/2021
More unnecessary spending leading to more unnecessary taxes. There’s more than enough spending on social programs. You need to enact drug screening for these people living of taxpayers, we have to be subjected to them to work. If they show positive, they don’t receive the benefits (we test positive we don’t work!) so they don’t get that months benefits, better luck next month!!!
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What is House Bill H.R. 5376?

This bill — known as the Build Back Better Act — would enact a more than $1.635 trillion social spending plan, containing tax reforms to provide relief to taxpayers in high-tax states or who have dependent children; create entitlement programs, including a federal paid leave and childcare; expand preschool programs; subsidize the deployment of green energy technologies; and provide temporary parole protection for certain unauthorized immigrants. The bill is estimated to increase budget deficits by more than $357 billion over the fiscal year 2022-2031 period. A breakdown of its various major provisions can be found below.

TAX PROVISIONS

This section would make a number of changes to the tax code, including raising certain tax rates, altering some deductions,  and changing several tax credits. A breakdown of the major provisions can be found below.

State and Local Tax Deduction (SALT): This bill would raise the cap on the state and local tax deduction from $10,000 to $72,500 for individual filers (or $36,250 for estates, trusts, or married spouses filing separately). The increased SALT deduction limit would apply to tax years starting after 2020 and be in effect through 2031. It’s projected to cost the federal government roughly $230 billion from fiscal year 2022 through 2026 due to foregone tax revenue relative to current tax policy. (The SALT deduction allows taxpayers to deduct sales, income, and property taxes paid to their state and local governments up to the limit.)

Child Tax Credit (CTC): This bill would extend for one year the increased child tax credit as enacted in the American Rescue Plan, and continue advance payments through 2022. For 2022, the CTC would be $3,000 (or $3,600 for children under age 6), and for most taxpayers the credit would be advanceable. The Social Security Number requirement for qualifying children, which was added by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, would be eliminated, thus allowing the CTC to be claimed for children who aren’t American citizens. 

Under this bill, the CTC would begin to phase out households with income above $150,000 for joint filers, $112,500 for heads of household, and $75,000 for all other filers. A “look-back rule” for the phaseout threshold would allow taxpayers to use prior-year income for purposes of determining the phaseout of the credit.

After 2022, the CTC would be reinstated as fully refundable, and would no longer be subject to either the $1,400 limit on refundability nor the earned income phase-in.

These changes to the child tax credit would cost an estimated $167 billion over the FY2022-2026 period.

Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC): This section would permanently extend the earned income tax credit for taxpayers with no qualifying children (the “childless EITC”) as enacted in the American Rescue Plan. The minimum age to claim the childless EITC would be reduced from 25 to 19 (except for certain full-time students) and the upper age limit would be eliminated. The childless EITC amount would also be increased due to an increased credit percentage and phaseout percentage from 7.65% to 15.3%; increasing the maximum credit amount to $9,820; and increasing the income threshold at which phaseout begins to $11,610 for non-join filers. Those provisions would increase the maximum credit amount from $543 to $1,502 in 2021. These changes would cost an estimated $13 billion over the FY2022-2026 period.

Nicotine Tax: A new excise tax would be imposed on nicotine that has been extracted, concentrated, or synthesized. The amount of tax would be the greater of the dollar amount specified for small cigarettes or $50.33 per 1,810 milligrams of nicotine. 

Payroll Credit for Local News Journalists: This section would allow an employment tax credit for each calendar quarter wages, not to exceed $12,500, paid to local news journalists by an eligible news organization or qualifying broadcasting station. The credit for each calendar quarter couldn’t exceed the total amount of employment taxes paid by respect to all employees. Any excess would be treated as overpayment and allowed as a refund.

Tax Enforcement: This bill would provide $21 billion to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to increase its tax enforcement efforts over the FY2022-2031 period, which are projected by the CBO to bring in $207 billion in revenue over the same period.

Tax Increases on High-Income Individuals: The net investment income tax would be expanded to cover net investment income derived in the ordinary course of a trade or business for taxpayers with greater than $400,000 in taxable income for individuals or $500,000 for joint filers, as well as for trusts and estates. This tax wouldn’t be assessed on wages on which FICA is already imposed, and would apply beginning after December 31, 2021.

This section would also prohibit taxpayers from making further contributions to IRAs if it would cause the total value of an individual’s IRA and defined contribution retirement accounts to exceed $10 million.

Corporate Tax Rates: This section would impose a 15% corporate alternative minimum tax (AMT) on adjusted financial statement income for corporations with such income in excess of $1 billion. An applicable corporation’s minimum tax would be equal to the amount by which the tentative minimum tax exceeds the corporation’s regular tax for the year. Tentative minimum tax would be calculated by applying a 15% tax rate to the adjusted financial statement income of the corporation for the taxable year (after taking into account the AMT foreign tax credit and the financial statement net operating losses).

An excise tax of 1% would be imposed on publicly traded U.S. corporations for the value of any of its stock that is repurchased by the corporation during the taxable year. The amount of repurchases subject to the tax is reduced by the value of any new issuance to the public and stock issued to the employees of the corporation. This would apply to stock repurchases after December 31, 2021.

GREEN ENERGY PROVISIONS

This section contains a number of provisions aimed at increasing the deployment and use of green energy technologies through tax provisions. In total, the section would cost a total of $114 billion over the FY2022-2026 period. A breakdown of its various provisions can be found below.

Green Energy Tax Credits & Incentives: This bill would create, expand, or modify a number of clean energy-related tax credits and incentives, including:

  • Production tax credits (PTC) for energy sourced from wind would be increased through 2026; the PTC for solar energy would be reinstated and extended through 2026; the PTCs for municipal solid waste, qualified hydropower, marine and hydrokinetic renewable energy facilities, and geothermal would also be extended through 2026.

  • Investment tax credits (ITC) for solar, geothermal, and energy storage or transmission facilities would also be extended through 2026.

  • Production credits for zero-emission nuclear power would be provided through 2027.

  • Credits for carbon capture would be extended for facilities that begin construction before the end of 2031 that capture at least 1,000 metric tons of carbon oxide each year. Electricity generating facilities must capture at least 18,750 metric tons of carbon oxide and 75% of total carbon emissions. Other facilities must capture no less than 12,500 metric tons of carbon oxide.

  • Income and excise tax credits would be extended for biodiesel ($1 per gallon through 2026); small agri-biodiesel ($0.10 per gallon through 2026); and alternative fuels ($0.50 per gallon through 2026).

Electric Vehicle Tax Credits: This bill would establish, increase, or modify a number of tax credits for electric vehicles, including:

  • New plug-in electric vehicles for individuals would be eligible for a credit of $4,000 plus an additional $3,500 for vehicles placed into service by January 1, 2027, with battery capacity of at least 40 kilowatt hours and a gasoline tank capacity of no more than 2.5 gallons. The amount of credit would be increased by $4,500 if the final assembly is at a facility in the U.S. operating under a union-negotiated collective bargaining agreement. The credit would also increase by $500 if the vehicle model is powered by battery cells manufactured in the U.S. Starting in 2027, the credit would only apply to vehicles for which final assembly was in the U.S. 

  • No credit would be given for vehicles with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of more than $80,000 for vans, SUVs, and pick up trucks; or $55,000 for other vehicles. The credit phases out by $200 for each $1,000 of a taxpayer’s modified adjusted gross income exceeding $250,000 for individuals, $375,000 for head of household, and $500,000 for married joint filers.

  • Previously-owned plug-in electric vehicles would be eligible for a base credit of $2,000 for qualifying used EVs with an additional $2,000 credit based on battery capacity.

  • A 30% refundable tax credit would be established for qualified electric bicycles placed into service before January 1, 2026. Starting in 2022, taxpayers could claim a credit of up to $900 for electric bicycles.

SOCIAL PROGRAMS & ENTITLEMENTS

This section would create a number of new federal entitlements, including universal pre-kindergarten, paid leave and childcare. A breakdown of those programs can be found below.

Paid Leave: This section would entitle full-time and part-time workers, including gig workers and other self-employed workers, in both the private and public sectors to receive a federal comprehensive paid leave benefit based on their past earnings if they satisfy several criteria after filing an application, including that they:

  • Have (or anticipate having) 4 or more hours of qualified caregiving during a week in the 90-day period prior to submitting the application, or up to 90 days after submitting the application if based on an anticipated need.

  • Have any wages or self-employment income at any time during the period beginning with the most recent calendar quarter that ends at least 4 months prior to the start of the individual’s benefit period and ending with the month before the benefit period ends.

  • Have at least $2,000 in wages during the most recent 8-quarter period that ends at least 4 months prior to the start of the individual's benefit period. (This dollar amount would be indexed by the Social Security Average Wage Index for years after 2024.)

Workers would be covered without regard to tenure on their current job, so long as they meet eligibility criteria. Coverage would be provided either through a federal benefit, a qualifying “legacy state” or a comprehensive employer-sponsored plan for which the state or employer is reimbursed by the federal government. 

If workers receive wages, self-employment income, or other compensation (including paid sick leave, paid vacation, or other paid time off) while performing caregiving, such time generally doesn’t constitute qualified caregiving under this section. However, an employee may receive compensation from their employer to supplement or “top up” their weekly federal benefit amount, so long as the employer compensation plus the federal paid leave benefit combined don’t exceed the worker’s regular rate of pay. Additionally:

  • Leave for caregiving from employment covered under an employer-sponsored plan or a legacy state plan doesn’t constitute qualified caregiving for the purpose of the federal benefit.

  • Individuals who are no longer employed but recently had covered employment under the law of a legacy state for all or some of their regular workweek would be treated as taking leave from legacy state covered employment for the corresponding share of their regular workweek.

  • The restrictions above would apply only to the specific hour of qualified caregiving for which paid leave is sought. The restrictions wouldn’t prevent workers with multiple jobs covered by different programs from taking leave in lieu of work and receiving benefits from the program that covers each job. Similarly, the restrictions wouldn’t prevent a worker from receiving benefits for the qualified caregiving leave they take from one job, while they continue to work a second job during other hours of the day.

  • Individuals would be ineligible for comprehensive paid leave benefits for five years after any finding that they used false statements to secure such benefits.

Childcare and Universal Preschool: This bill would establish a birth through five childcare and early learning entitlement program, along with universal preschool, which would provide subsidized childcare and preschool for eligible families. The program would end at age six. The birth through five childcare and early learning program would cost a total of $273 billion over the FY2022-2031 period; while the universal preschool program would cost $109 billion over the same period.

IMMIGRATION

This section would provide unauthorized immigrants who entered the U.S. before January 1, 2011, have continuously resided in the U.S. since then, and aren’t inadmissible under the Immigration and Nationality Act an opportunity to request and receive a grant of parole if they take several steps successfully, including:

  • File an application for parole;

  • Pay an administrative fee to cover processing costs; and

  • Complete background and security checks to the satisfaction of the Secretary of Homeland Security.

If approved, parole would be granted by the Dept. of Homeland Security to provide employment and travel authorization to paroled individuals, and to make them eligible for a REAL ID compliant driver’s license or state identification card. Parole would be granted for 5 years and could be extended until September 30, 2031, if the individual continues to qualify for parole based on the policies and implementing guidance that were in effect when the individual was initially granted parole. The Secretary of Homeland Security would be prohibited from revoking parole unless they determine an individual to be ineligible for parole. Individuals granted parole under this section wouldn’t be counted for the purpose of calculating the annual worldwide level of family-sponsored immigrants.

Unused employment visas from fiscal years 1992 through 2021 would be recaptured. Certain individuals selected to apply for diversity visas in fiscal years 2017 through 2021 but were refused or denied admission because of certain executive orders or COVID-19 restrictions would be permitted to reapply.

EDUCATION

This section would make several changes to federal financial aid programs, including Pell Grants, in addition to providing funding for certain classifications of colleges and universities, including:

  • The maximum Pell Grant would be increased by $550 at public and private non-profit institutions of higher education.

  • Dependent students who file a FAFSA application for federal financial aid would automatically be eligible for a maximum Pell Grant if their parents have received a means-tested federal benefit in the last 24 months.

  • Eligibility for certain federal financial aid programs, including Pell Grants, would be extended to individuals with a grant of deferred departure under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, as well as those with temporary protected status (TPS) or deferred enforced departure).

An increase of $6 billion in mandatory appropriations would be made to historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), tribal colleges and universities (TCUs), and minority serving institutions (MSIs). 

An additional $3 billion would be provided for a competitive grant program to improve the research capacity and research and development infrastructure at four-year HBCUs, TCUs, and MSIs; the program would consist of planning grants for a period of one to two years and implementation grants for a period of one to five years. Institutions would receive priority when applying for an implementation grant if they previously received a planning grant.

Impact

Taxpayers; workers and employers; and relevant federal agencies.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 5376

$367.00 Billion
The Congressional Budget Office estimates that this legislation would increase budget deficits by more than $367 billion over the FY2022-2031 period. The average budget deficit over the FY2022-2026 period would be roughly $158 billion a year.

More Information

In-Depth: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) offered a statement in a "dear colleague" letter regarding the House’s upcoming vote on the Build Back Better Act which read in part:

“Build Back Better is a spectacular agenda for the future, with transformational action on healthcare, family care and climate that will make a significant difference in the lives of millions of Americans, and it is possible because of the leadership of the President.”

House Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth (D-KY) added in remarks on the House floor:

“The Build Back Better Act makes historic investments over 10 years to overhaul and reimagine entire sectors of our economy and society so that everyone – not just those at the top – will benefit from a growing economy. This bill delivers the most transformative investment in children and caregiving in generations; the largest effort to combat climate change in American history; the biggest expansion of affordable health coverage in a decade; the most significant effort to bring down costs and strengthen the middle class in generations; investments and key reforms to make our tax system more equitable – and more.”

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) blasted Democrats’ spending plan in a press conference ahead of the House vote, saying it will cost them in the next election:

“I don’t think their constituents are going to appreciate them helping to pass a bill that: Empowers the IRS to try to squeeze every single dollar from American families and small businesses; its second-biggest program gives away billions to the rich; delivers a tax cut to two thirds of the country’s millionaires.”

House Budget Committee Ranking Member Jason Smith (R-MO) released a statement criticizing Democrats’ spending plan following the release of the CBO analysis of the package:

“This analysis from the Congressional Budget Office is a clear indictment of the Democrats’ tax and spending agenda and the false promises that have gone along with it. CBO has confirmed that this bill is not fully paid for, despite promises from President Biden and Congressional Democrats that it would be. As a matter of fact, CBO shows the bill will add $800 billion to the debt in just the next five years. And despite all the talk from Democrats about making the wealthy pay their fair share, CBO’s analysis shows that one of the single largest investments made in their bill is one which provides a massive tax break for the wealthiest one percent in America. Democrats are rewarding their wealthy friends while sending the bill to the working families who are already paying more to put food on their tables, gas in their cars, and clothes on their backs.”

Of Note: If this version of the bill passes the House, it is likely to be amended by the Senate before the upper chamber approves it, which will require the House to vote on the revised measure at a later date. Senate Democrats have indicated an intent to revise some provisions of it, so it’s likely that some portions of the bill will be removed entirely or modified before the Senate can pass it.


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: White House photo by Jason Smith via Flickr / Public Domain)

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Build Back Better Act

Official Title

To provide for reconciliation pursuant to title II of S. Con. Res. 14.

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  • The house Passed November 19th, 2021
    Roll Call Vote 220 Yea / 213 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on the Budget
    IntroducedSeptember 27th, 2021

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    I am 78. I grew up when education was valued, teachers were respected, families could afford to buy a house, medical bills were manageable, public service was a desirable occupation, and there existed so, so many opportunities for the middle class which the Republican Party has gutted and tarnished. Restoring the middle class will also lift up the working poor.
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    Can’t spend your way into prosperity. This will lead to higher debt, higher inflation, more government dependency, higher taxes and most likely a Great Recession or depression. We have spent enough. Be responsible or be be replaced.
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    Why is it so difficult and so very slow to do the right thing? We have a chance to rescue our country, its people, and possibly the world, yet the Republicans in Congress (and Manchin and Sinema) always seem to have an "issue." Welcome to the theatre of the absurd?
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    This is needed now. The projected deficit costs of less than an average of $40 Billion/year over ten years time are fairly insignificant when compared to the annual tax breaks the Republicans have given the wealthiest in our country, the costs of subsidies and tax breaks given to the fossil fuel industry annually, the transfer of wealth to big Pharma every year due to unregulated pricing, the unfunded medical costs that hospitals have to pass on to to consumers to treat uninsured people, or any of many other metrics that could be used. … … … However, the biggest economic costs will be that of not doing enough to assure that our country has the capacity to complete economically with the rest of the industrialized world - which has invested in the welfare and preparedness of their people to compete in numerous technological, agricultural, manufacturing, and scientific areas - all of which we are losing ground in. … … … Our country currently has the default currency upon which the worlds economies are based. Our alliances have shaped the governments of the world. Our leadership in numerous areas is welcome and expected because we have played fair and negotiated win-win scenarios with our alliances. All of these things have come from having a productive population that can contribute to many aspects of the world economy in many ways. Our military is certainly the biggest stick that any country has been able to muster- but that is not the source of our influence. Our influence comes from the energy and ethics of our people; our Allies envied our ability to produce ideas and things; our foes were afraid of our ability to muster resources to successfully overcome any challenge. We risk losing the edge that keeps our country being seen as a world leader. The economic costs of not protecting that ‘status’ have to be staggeringly high - but are not included in the CBO cost analysis. … … … Biden’s initiatives, all of them taken together are a remarkably synergistic set of actions to prepare our country and our populace to productively take on future challenges that our country and the world will have to deal with. The social safety net, the increased education of our children, the addressing of social imbalances, the care and feeding of our neediest children, child and elder care support, expanded medical care and other provisions are all attuned to making our country more productive, healthier and better able to confront changes that we can see coming. The economic and humanitarian costs of not preparing for and doing whatever we can to limit the damages from the accelerating Climate Crisis far and away exceed the costs of preparing to address this now. To think otherwise is profoundly penny-wise and pound-foolish. Protecting this years profits means nothing without protecting the long term habitability of our planet. … … … And just stop with the bull crap inflation arguments. Every industrialized country on the planet is experiencing this no matter how much or how little they are deficit spending. Pent up demand and suppliers unprepared to meet it have driven up costs everywhere - not just the US. The fact that our ports are regulated by the cities they are in, that the international supply chains are dominated by large corporations invested in economies of scale, the shipping industry and the distribution networks are all separate entities with different regulations and motivations really complicate matters. That and the people in this country who knew how to make this maze of regulatory and organizational rules work were left to find other work when they lost their jobs through no fault of their own. Another penny-wise pound-foolish Republican decision to not support people during the pandemic and assure that they would be available when needed - that has had and will continue to have significant economic costs as new people will have to learn how to make and keep our local supply chains functional once again.
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    Nothing new in this group of responses, the “conservative” ones of course being against anything that lifts people up out of poverty and makes an effort to address climate change, as they stupidly call the proposals socialism and decry higher taxes which will absolutely not happen to 99% of the population. And they also continue to stupidly vote for the current jerk offs in Congress who continue to assault our Democracy. The other responses come from thoughtful and informed people who are ready to invest in a better way of life for all this country’s citizens and a better future for our children. I just hope Build Back Better survives in some form, is signed into law and plants the seeds for positive changes.
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    Can we stop calling this the Democrat’s Social Spending plan? It is the Build Back Better Plan & it is an investment for ALL Americans!!! This is the FIRST time, since the New Deal, that the Middle Class actually has a shot at a better quality of life & a shot to leave our planet & the economy in a better place for our children! Yet, here we are with so many who will vote against their own best interests??? Was it the trigger word “spending” or” Democrat’s” that made you select no? If it was spending, where in the hell was your voice when humpty tRumpy handed out permanent tax breaks on his friends & family plan, which caused our deficit to go up by $2.3 TRILLION??? (Crickets) You were quiet as mice when the wealthy were handed even more money, but now…NOW…you have trouble spending money on the rest of us? If you’re rich, I get it. But, if you’re a middle class person voting against this…I suggest you read what’s in the bill. If you got hung up on the word “ Democrats”, I guess you need to do some soul searching. I can’t help you.
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    UPDATED: House has passed this bill (11-18-21) along party lines, and it does include hearing aides for Medicare and Medicaid but still does not have dental or vision which are high costs for seniors despite having paid into while working with Medicare taxes. First time I’ve seen any detail on what would actually be included and how it will be paid for. @Causes description did not mention Medicare changes (dental, hearing, vision). Hard to say there is support for seniors in this bill. https://theintercept.com/2021/11/19/build-back-better-house-passed/ https://www.politico.com/news/2021/11/19/democrats-social-spending-bill-passes-house-523026
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    The American people need this to improve our lives. The cost doesn't matter, and it's a shame that Democrats have lost control of the messaging over how transformational this bill will be for our country instead of how much the GOP (and a few Democratic senators) are about the price tag, much of which is already paid for. We need swift and decisive climate action to save our planet. We need to improve childcare and healthcare to get families back to work and provide quality care for all. We need to stimulate more green energy technologies and jobs. This bill is necessary to complete the recovery from the pandemic and all the inequities and failings it has exposed, and Democrats need to see it through til it's signed by President Biden.
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    Way overdue along with protecting voting rights.
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    Fully support. I've read every comment up to about 12:00am on 11/19. So far, only @Leslie and @davidf seem to have read even Causes' summary. Sadly others seem overly optimistic regarding this very stripped-down Build Back Better AKA Build Back A Little Better. (Recall the earliest draft was quoted as a 3.5 Trillion Dollar Package. However, there was only a general outline provided to the public.) Unfortunately, many commenters seem to be empty-headed haters. However, as some version of this Bill will pass, I share @davidf's sentiment: "For those of you who are saying “no,” I expect you will refuse the benefits you would otherwise gain from those bill just to maintain your pride." To that, I add a question: Why is it acceptable to give big breaks to the über wealthy and large corporations but anathema to help the less fortunate or even the working & middle class? Stop parroting the Right Wing media! Worth repeating: According to a 2017 Oxfam report, the top eight wealthiest billionaires own as much combined wealth as "half the human race." As of October 2021, ten people have reached the status of USD hectobillionaires, meaning that each has had a net worth of at least $100 billion. All but one (Bernard Arnault) are United States citizens. Bluntly, the Right Wing Base should stop kissing rich people's asses!
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    No, No and NO. To begin with, Biden continues to lie by claiming that it's paid for, which it is not. But, it doesn't matter, because even if it were, there is still a lot of crap in this bill. Need to go back to the drawing board.
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    You've got Janet Yellin indicating that with the tax increase on the wealthy this plan would be paid for, so there is no reason not to pass the BBB plan. It's the most comprehensive social and env. legislation that we've had in years and will probably be the most that we'll have in coming years. I say may hay while the sunshine, and right now with your narrow majority the sun is shining, but may not become 2022. This legislation will help millions of Americans that for too long have been screwed by the policies of the damn Republicans. This is a chance to even the playing field and make the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes, rather than the middle and blue-collar workers bearing the brunt of the taxes that keeps this country running and pay your salaries. Get this done and then pass the Voting Rights bill so that our right to vote is protected from the fascist Republicans who want to overthrow our democracy.
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    More unnecessary spending leading to more unnecessary taxes. There’s more than enough spending on social programs. You need to enact drug screening for these people living of taxpayers, we have to be subjected to them to work. If they show positive, they don’t receive the benefits (we test positive we don’t work!) so they don’t get that months benefits, better luck next month!!!
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    This bill needs to be passed once the House gets it done the Senate must do their part. Both of the bills were supposed to be done together now some people want to hold back and not do what is right for the American People they want to continue to protect themselves & the rich. Everyone needs to pay their fair share. One of the provisions in the bill caps the cost of insulin at $35 a month right now it cost nearly $600 or more. How many diabetics across this country will this help doesn’t matter if you’re Republican or Democrat this is going to help hundreds of thousands of people! That’s just 1 item in the BBB but not 1 Republican voted for it. Republicans don’t care about the people they care about themselves and the Party! People that are against the bill don’t understand that the bill is paid for by increasing taxes on corporations and the rich. When everyone pays their fair share government can do more for the people. It’s really quiet simple.
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    Reckless spending! Our debt already exceeds GDP! Do not add to inflationary pressure. Irresponsible!!!
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    We had an opportunity that has come around once every ten years or so, when we finally get a chance to be in power to do something truly exceptional, besides what the Republicans do every opportunity they have which is to continue to shovel up our taxpayer money up to those who already have a lot. Instead, we fight among ourselves and waste the time that we had watering down a truly exceptional several trillion dollar bill that should have been even higher to bolster up the have nots and the Middle Class which would have built the country up from the bottom and the Middle out instead of the failed over 40+ year trickle down nonsense the Republicans have been pushing for all these years. Now we have a watered down bill that Manchin and Sinema will continue to pollute prior to it ever passing if it ever does. Manchin is utilizing his last slice of the pie to pretend that he is the President of the United States and showing that he holds the cards which is making our own President look weak in the process. And naturally my own disappointing representative votes no on helping average people as he only supports the failed loser in Florida and Gosar for promoting violence in the House. We should have taken this time to use our power the way Turtle Mitch did by changing the filibuster rules and packing the Supreme Court. Also passing the voting rights bill to get rid of Gerrymandering and the restrictive voting rules put in place to pick their own voters rather than allowing voters to vote for who they truly want to represent them. Since we have wasted this opportunity then Manchin and Sinema will go off into the sunset and we will never get back in power again for many years to come. The Republican party that I used to respect and voted for from person to person is long gone. We will now have McCarthy kicking our people off of committees not because they actually did anything wrong like Gosar but for pure revenge. Democrats need to start acting like Republicans and hold the country hostage with the debt ceiling, hold up appointments, act oppositional for everything and refuse to cross the aisle on anything. We'll see the Turtle get rid of the filibuster in a heartbeat. If we ever do get back in power in my lifetime then I hope we have smart enough people to seize the opportunity to do what needs to be done for the people rather than for the insanely rich who control the Republican party currently. As far as I am concerned this country sucks and my representative is one of the worst I have seen in my time here. He is not an independent thinker and is no kind of leader at all. I cannot believe he was ever a leader in the military as he certainly isn't one in Congress. He is a follower like the lot of them.
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    Get it done!! The Republicans didn’t worry about spending money until Democrats want to spend some. The difference is this money will help our country not not just Trumps rich friends.
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    This is to support the people / human infrastructure, which supports child care, Pre-K, healthcare, climate investment, affordable housing, child tax credit and so much more, is it enough, no, but is a start! We have to invest in American people and small businesses and live in the future, not live in the past. The CBO said it is payed for!
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    Please send Kevin a letter ( because if your not in his district you can’t email). Please let him know we voted for Biden’s FDR approach to fix what the Trump GOP party’s fucked up. Kevin McCarthy 2468 Rayburn House Office Building. Washington, DC 20515. Phone: (202) 225-2915. Fax: (202) 225-2908
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    It’s time this Country looks to the future. Approve this bill and prepare us for a new frontier.
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