All eyes are on the Senate now after the House approves a massive spending bill


Among the many provisions of the $ 1.7 trillion funding are major expansions to health care programs, including home health care, paid family leave, hearing coverage for Medicare beneficiaries, and some reforms to the price of health care workers. medications. But the bill is probably intended for changes in the Senate.

The New York Times: House passes Biden’s Build Back Better Bill

The House narrowly passed on Friday the centerpiece of President Biden’s national agenda, approving $ 2.2 trillion in spending over the next decade to tackle climate change, expand health care and reweave the net of social security of the country, despite the unanimous opposition of Republicans. The passage of the bill, 220-213, came after weeks of coaxing, hijacking and legislative sleight of hand by Democrats. It was topped off with a grueling, devious, and record-breaking over eight-hour speech from Republican House Leader, Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, who pushed a vote scheduled for Thursday past midnight and then postponed it until Friday morning – but did nothing to undermine democratic unity. (Cochrane and Weisman, 11/19)

Politico: Democrats’ $ 1.7 billion spending bill wipes out House, but Senate changes perspective

The House passed a $ 1.7 trillion spending bill on Friday, a big step forward for the health care and climate package before action turns to the Senate, where a uncertain fate awaits him. The giant bill is the most significant restructuring of the social safety net in decades, affecting nearly every aspect of American life, from universal preschool to college aid to senior care. Democrats also hope the landmark legislation can help them overcome historic obstacles and maintain full control of Congress next year. (Caygle, Ferris and Wu, 11/19)

Stat: Democrats’ major drug price reforms remove barrier in House

House Democrats broke a months-long standoff on Friday and put forward prescription drug price reform policies as part of a broader national spending agenda. Despite a last-minute lobbying sprint from the pharmaceutical industry, the drug pricing deal announced by Democrats earlier this month has remained largely unchanged. The plan would allow Medicare to negotiate certain drug prices, penalize drugmakers that raise prices faster than inflation, and cap drug costs for the elderly and patients who use insulin. (Cohrs, 11/19)

Politico: “Whole Different Ballgame”: Democrats swear they learned lessons from Obamacare by sending messages to $ 1.7 billion mega-ball

A huge boost to the nation’s safety net. A mid-term looming with the majority on the brink. A flood of GOP attack announcements. This is where House Democrats hope the similarities end by 2010. As they take their first step into President Joe Biden’s $ 1.7 trillion social spending bill, House Democrats are betting his mix of popular proposals for family, healthcare and the climate may point them to a drastically different political fate than eleven years ago – when a historic electoral annihilation followed adopting their iconic healthcare overhaul. (Ferris and Caygle, 11/19)

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Politics: GOP’s New Approach Against Weeds: Federal Authorities Must “Get Out”

“We need the federal government to get out of the way,” said Rep. Nancy Mace (RS.C.), who introduced the first Republican bill to Congress to decriminalize marijuana last week and pointed out. finger more than 70% of Americans. support the idea. Stronger Republican involvement could accelerate a snowball effect on Capitol Hill, where Democrats are leading the charge on decriminalization but lack results. It could also reduce Democrats’ ability to use cannabis legalization to excite progressives and young voters as they approach midterm. (Fertig and Zhang, 11/21)

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