The US delegation from Missouri followed the lead of the chamber to vote along party lines on Friday as the Democrats’ $ 2 trillion social spending plan was sent to the Senate.
The Build Back Better plan, a top priority for President Joe Biden and his allies on Capitol Hill, would be the largest expansion of the U.S. social safety net in decades – with spending on nursery school expansion, cheaper child care, health care priorities, climate action and more. Democrats are touting the package as a necessary transformative investment; Republicans have often called it a “socialist” and have argued that its price is unreasonable.
All six Republican representatives from Missouri, including Springfield Rep. Billy Long, voted against the package. Both state Democrats voted in favor of the bill.
The bill passed 220-213 along party lines, with a Democrat not voting.
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“Today I voted against the multi-trillion dollar Democratic boondoggle that is increasing our deficit and already worsening record inflation,” US Senate candidate Long wrote on Friday. “Missourians don’t want this massive expansion of our government bureaucracy.”
Representative Vicky Hartzler, who represents parts of central and western Missouri and is also running for the Senate, called the package “the socialist spending scam of President (Nancy) Pelosi.” In a statement released Friday Hartzler called it “disastrous” and “out of touch.”
Kansas City Representative Emanuel Cleaver, a Democrat, called it “a once-in-a-generation opportunity to level the playing field for middle-class families in Missouri.” Rep. Cori Bush of St. Louis, a progressive Democrat, said the package “would make long overdue investments in women, children, families, the elderly, and particularly in black, brown and underprivileged communities. funded “.
The main highlights of the package include:
- $ 550 billion in clean energy initiatives;
- 109 billion dollars for a free and universal nursery school;
- $ 276 billion over six years for child care;
- $ 35 billion to cover Medicare hearing benefits;
- Government negotiations for the pricing of prescription drugs through Medicare;
- Reduced health care premiums under the Affordable Care Act.
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The bill will now go to the Senate, where it will face a difficult path to follow. Republicans will continue to oppose the package and two Democrats – the senses. Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin from Arizona and West Virginia – have already backed down from some overall arrangements and costs. Policies deemed critical by progressives, including four weeks of national paid family leave, will likely be removed from the final bill during Senate negotiations.
The two Republican senators from Missouri, the senses Roy Blunt and Josh Hawley, will oppose the bill. Blunt, who is not running for re-election next year, called the plan a “massive spending spree,” while Hawley has opposed nearly every effort by the Biden administration since the Democrat took over. its functions.
The Build Back Better passage in the House marks the second major House vote in recent weeks, after lawmakers passed a trillion-dollar infrastructure bill earlier this month – another priority of Biden. Only two members of Congress from Missouri – Cleaver and Blunt – voted in favor of this bill; Bush voted against along with other members of the Progressive Caucus because the House leadership refused to pass the social spending program alongside him.
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