House passes President Biden’s $1.75 trillion social spending bill

President Joe Biden’s $1.75 trillion bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday and headed to the Senate, where an agreement has still to be reached.

The House passed the measure in a 220-213 vote, which was postponed for hours by an overnight opposition speech from the chamber’s top Republican. “Now, the Build Back Better Act goes to the United States Senate, where I look forward to it passing as soon as possible so I can sign it into law,” Biden said in a statement following the vote.

Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement after the House passed the bill that the Senate “will act as quickly as possible to get this bill to President Biden’s desk and deliver help for middle-class families.” Schumer said they’ll take it up, “As soon as the necessary technical and procedural work with the Senate Parliamentarian has been completed.”

Senate Democrats have no margin of error to approve the legislation and key lawmakers have expressed concerns over some sections of the plan. Manchin told CNN on Thursday that he has not decided whether to support voting to proceed to the Build Back Better bill. “No,” Manchin said when asked if he had made a decision to vote to proceed. “I’m still looking at everything.” 

“I just haven’t seen the final, the final bill. So when the final bill comes out, CBO score comes out, then we’ll go from there,” he said. Manchin went onto say. This legislation follows the infrastructure bill that Biden signed into law this week.

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