Pelosi insists Build Back Better will pass week of Nov. 15th

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Pelosi insists Build Back Better will pass week of Nov. 15th

Speaker Nancy Pelosi insisted Tuesday that the House will pass a sweeping $1.75 trillion social spending bill next week — despite uncertainty about when the Congressional Budget Office will have an estimate of the measure’s impact on the federal budget deficit. 

During a press conference with several members of her delegation to the COP26 UN Climate Summit in Scotland, Pelosi (D-Calif.) was pressed on the likelihood of the lower chamber of Congress passing the package, also known as the Build Back Better Act, in the promised time frame. 

“Yes, we intend — that is our plan to pass the bill the week of Nov. 15, as is indicated in our statements that were made at the time of passing the infrastructure bill, and we’re very proud of that,” Pelosi told reporters. 

Last week, the House passed a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill by a vote of 228-206 after 13 GOP members joined 215 Democrats in voting to send the bill to President Biden’s desk. 

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the House plans on passing the Build Back Better Act next week.
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Six Democrats voted against the infrastructure legislation in a last-ditch effort to gain leverage and force the House to vote on the Build Back Better Act at the same time. Instead of holding a vote on the sweeping budget, the House agreed on rules that will allow the bill to get a separate vote the week of Nov. 15. 

However, it is unclear when exactly the vote will happen. Many moderate Democrats have been wary of pledging their support as they await the CBO report, or “score.” Five moderates tentatively promised last week to vote for the bill in its current form after the score is revealed. 

“We commit to voting for the Build Back Better Act, in its current form other than technical changes, as expeditiously as we receive fiscal information from the Congressional Budget Office – but in no event later than the week of November 15 – consistent with the topline for revenues and investments in the ‘White House Preliminary Budgetary Estimate of the Build Back Better Act’ document presented to the Democratic Caucus on November 4, 2021 by the White House,” read the statement from Reps. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ), Kathleen Rice (D-NY), Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.), Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) and Ed Case (D-Hawaii).

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The House passed the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill last week and President Biden is expected to sign it into law.
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On Tuesday, the CBO affirmed that it is in the process of “preparing a cost estimate for the current version of H.R. 5376, the Build Back Better Act.” However, the agency added that actually finishing its score could take some time. 

“Over the past several months, we have provided technical assistance to committees as they developed their proposals for various parts of the bill. The analysis of the bill’s many provisions is complicated, and CBO will provide a cost estimate for the entire bill as soon as practicable,” the CBO said in a statement.

“We anticipate releasing estimates for individual titles of the bill as we complete them, some of which will be released this week. Other estimates will take longer, particularly for provisions in some titles that interact with those in other titles. When we determine a release date for the cost estimate for the entire bill, we will provide advance notice.”

Democrats currently hold an eight-seat majority in the House of Representatives. With all Republicans expected to vote against the social spending bill, Pelosi can only afford to have three moderate Democrats vote “no” on the measure before it is defeated.

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