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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 215. the nays are 212. the question of consideration is decided in the affirmative and without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. the gentleman from massachusetts is now recognized for one hour. mr. mcgovern: madam speaker, for the purposes of debate only, i yield the customary 30 minutes to the gentleman from texas, dr. burningess -- dr. burgess, pending which i yield myself such time as i may consume. during consideration of this resolution, all time yielded is for the purposes of debate only. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. mcgovern: madam speaker, yesterday, the rules committee met and reported a rule, house
resolution 776, the rule provides for the consideration of h.r. 5376, the build back better act, under a closed rule. the rule provides for two hours of debate controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on the budget and the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on ways and means. the rule self-executes a manager's amendment from chairman yarmuth and provides one motion to recommit. finally, the rule extends recess instruction, sprupgs -- suspension instruction. when franklin roosevelt stood before the people in chicago, illinois, and accepted presidency nearly 90 years ago he promised a new deal. one built on equality and fairness. that work is bigger than a single president or a single era. and it continues till this day. all these years later, this
congress is working to fulfill that promise. we will be considering a bill that will transform the lives of most people in this country for the better. the build back better act will help americans access stronger and more affordable health care, better family care, and will set up a stronger response to the climate crisis. it will lower prescription drug costs, capping the cost of insulin at $35. it will establish paid family and medical leave and provide universal and free prehad been k -- pre-k. madam speaker, i have talked to so many of my constituents who are sick and tired of working hard but falling behind. all they want is a congress and a country that puts their needs first. that is what the policies contained in this bill will do. these are the kinds of -- kind of priorities that make me proud to be a democrat. they are the kind of advancements that the american people have been demanding for
decades. the build back better act finally turns the page on four decades of failed trickled down economics and it invests in the people who built this country. in our workers, the middle class, and everyone fighting hard to get there. and at a time when the wealth gap between the richest and the poorest families in this country has more than doubled, this bill will stem the rising tide of income inequality by asking those at the very top to pay what they oh, to pay their -- what they owe , to pay their fair share. it's consequential and will transform the lives of so many americans. by expanding the child tax credit more than 35 million families with children will see their taxes go down. older americans and those with disabilities will also see expanded access to home care as part of this bill. people working two or three jobs to make ends meet, 17 million of them will have hope for a better
future with access to an education that extends beyond high school. parents of 3 and 4-year-old kids can breathe a sigh of relief as they gain access to universal pre-k, maybe they can go to work safe in the knowledge that their kids are learning while they are earning. nine million americans will save money on their premiums through exchanges in the affordable care act. and those cut out of health care, four million of them, will finally get health care because this bill closes the medicaid coverage gap. by making the biggest investments ever, ever to combat climate change, the build back better act will advance environmental justice and give more communities a fighting chance to respond to this crisis. there are resources here to cut pollution, grow small businesses, improve care for our veterans. this bill accomplishes all of this while being fully paid for.
it finally demands that the largest corporations and the wealthy americans pay their fair share. importantly, it keeps the president's promise not to raise taxes on those making under $400,000. not even one single penny. this is a seismic shift as my colleagues on the other side of the aisle exploded the deficit to give tax cuts to the rich and the well-off. let me just say this to all those republicans who have been urging action on the covid cause supply chain issues, you should join us and support this bill. because there are provisions here to bolster our supply chain and prepare for the next pandemic and future supply chain issues. madam speaker, i will put the values of -- contained in this bill against the priorities of my colleagues on the other side of the aisle -- on the other side any day of the week. and it's about damn time that the wealthy were asked to pay
their fair share. it's about time that workers get a tax break and damn time we focus on the middle class for a change. my republican friends may stand here today and complain about the process, but the truth is, 13 committees of jurisdiction have spent more than 165 hours marking up this legislation, considered 860 amendment and all that was before the rules committee did its work. before the rules committee met not once but twice and talked about this bill even before it was final, the committees have done their work, members in this congress and in this house and all across the capitol have debated this bill time -- over and over and over again. the american people are demanding action. now is the time. time for us to make a real promise -- time for us to make real the promises of the new deal. time for us to put our government back on the side of
working people in this country and time for us to deliver the agenda the american people voted for last november. i want to thank, madam speaker, members on both sides of the aisle and especially staff. i know that this has been a long day and a long week. we have our differences, but i want to thank all of my colleagues for their patience. and with that i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas. mr. burgess: madam speaker, i thank the gentleman, the chairman of the house rules committee, for yielding me the customary 30 minutes. i'll now i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. burgess: madam speaker, you have to ask, what in the world have people been thinking today? congress, which doesn't enjoy a high approval rating, in general, has just -- the democratic leadership and speaker have shown such disrespect and disdain for every member on both sides of the aisle that it will be very, very
difficult to repair that damage. now exactly 12 hours late, we're considering a rule that provides for the consideration of a so-called build back better act. final text of the bill, of course, does not have an opinion from the congressional budget office, and the final text of the bill has been difficult to obtain, but now there for all to see but none to read. it certainly does not provide for the american people. so let's just briefly recap a series of events in an emergency august session. the house deemed passed on a procedural vote the budget resolution. not a real vote. a procedural vote, setting the top line reconciliation levels that in september the 13 committees of jurisdiction did mark up their portions. the budget committee, the budget committee held a markup on a saturday night on a zoom call without a score from the
congressional budget office. speaker pelosi and democratic senators and the white house then engaged in a new round of negotiations guaranteeing that after over a month of work, very partisan work, of course, this bill would become wholly new legislation before heading to the house floor. then, with only a few hours' notice, the rules committee met last week on rushed reconciliation text that did not include language the speaker decided to abruptly end the testimony in her crafted agreement completely collapsed and was called back on wednesday with little time to review. i wish i could tell you everything that is in this bill, but we haven't had the time. i guess we have to follow the lead of speaker pelosi at
another time when she said we have to pass the bill to find out what's in it. this is the most expensive piece of legislation in the house of representatives. the spending in this bill is five times america's america's defense budget and five times annual medicare spending and more than the gross domestic products of mexico and canada combined. this will be more than the annual wages of the american people. think about that for a minute. if you tax the american people, you still will not be paying for this bill but democrats are unconcerned. this bill includes a methane reducks program. it is a pollutant but also a valuable commodity in the form
of natural gas. and plans to generate energy. it has skill rocketed and yet at the same time, methane amigs have fallen 15%. instead of building on this progress, this provision would provide millions of taxpayers and millions of taxpayer dollars to increase the cost of natural gas by 34%. natural gas could be shipped in the eastern part of the state or shipped overseas best of your recollection we couldn't find the necessary money to do that in a $5 trillion bill.
this package provides billions of dollars to roll out electric vehicles and electric vehicle infrastructure and toys for rich people. and subsidies for electric vehicles using union labor. these provisions could put thousands of non-i don't know workers out of a job. and i submitted an amendment to remove this language but it wasn't considered. this bill contemplates an expensive drug-pricing provision and the secretary has the ability to set the price of any new drugs at any level the secretary wishes, even zero and no judicial review of arbitrary decisions and the decisions set by the secretary will result in a 95% excise tax and under this
bill the government will be the factor deciding which drugs will be available to the american people. i'm concerned about funding for some of the disproportionate at hair hospitals being cut from 100 and cut to 87% and there will be uncompensated care pools who provide health care to the unsured and undersured. it included a vast expansion of the premium subsidies. while they were intended to be temporary, this bill will provide a cliff that people will fall off in 2025 and premiums having risen during that time, people will be left in the
lunch. it is bad that this has very punitive policies on the poorest people in the country and hurts the people we should be trying to help. the american rescue plan eliminated the income cap for the premium subsidy permitting those with high incomes to qualify and will cost $34 billion and incentivize businesses. so 190 million americans could be in jeopardy in losing their. if you like your insurance. not one chairman or ranking member could tell me when i asked, all of these new gifts that are being given by this bill, in addition to the a.c.a.
credit, the paid time leave, paid-time off, do any of these new benefits require american citizenship? absolute silence because the answer is no, these benefits will be available to people who cannot provide proof or show they are citizens of this country. the magnitude of the changes in this reconciliation package requires the input of congress not just from a secret room. with that, i urge opposition to the rule and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. mcgovern: i yield 1 1/2 minutes to the gentleman from new york, mr. morelle.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. morelle: i want to thank the chair, my colleague and chair of the rules committee for his incredible work and leadership. today, we continue to make good on our progress to make real results by moving forward with the build better act. increased costs amid continued disruptions. with eve their back. this landmark will help people alone in the state of new york to gain medical coverage. by lowering the cost of prescription costs, we can ensure that no one has to choose by paying for life-saving and infrastructure that will result in broadband internet and public transit without raising taxes or
expanding access to parents to get pack to work while supporting their policies. and will have support middle-class americans. i remain focused to ensure our families can survive and succeed. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas. mr. burgess: i am pleased to recognize the ranking member of the house committee on rules from the state of oklahoma oak, mr. cole. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for three minutes. mr. cole: i thank my friend for yielding and waiting here hour after hour after hour as our friends who couldn't get their show in order, you know, broke
arms, broke knees to bring this to the floor. thank you for being here and being here in a procedural way. we have reportedly a $3 billion package. we are not going to talk about the first part of the package the infrastructure package and it didn't come to the rules committee and not going to be subject for many debate here but we ought to talk about it. of the two bills we are going to deal with, it is unpaid for. the c.b.o. has told us it is $398 billion. the senate who produced it, did not go through the committee of jurisdiction and it most egregious and not come through any committee. we are going to accept what a
few senators negotiated and went through and called it bipartisan. nothing of the support. worse than that is the bill that this rule is set to advance, the so-called b vmp bb. bill. it has been cobbled together in a convoluted process in broken promises and legislative slight of hand. there are too many to mention and they say it is paid for and it is not. and $1.5 billion of revenues and $1.75 -- i said billion but trillion. but intend to make every program that they have for one year, three years or five years. it is a minimum of $4 trillion.
so it's an outrageously unbalanced bill. some of my friends are going to vote for this because it has immigration in it. immigration will not and some of it are going to vote for it. a nice way of saying, tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires in blue states. that will be changed in the united states senate if you believe senator warren. and some people said i'm going to vote for it because it's the right thing to do. it's the wrong thing for the american people.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. cole: this bill will not get better in the senate. when it was sold to your side we were told we are not going to move ahead. the senate isn't going to accept this bill and a few senators are going to send it right back. so we should defeat the rule and defeat the infrastructure package and defeat the bad, bad, bad bill. and with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: members are reminded to address their remarks to the chair. mr. mcgovern: we spent 12 hours in the 12 hours debatingtive admiration for him and dr. burgess and mrs. fischbach and we have strong disagreements and i respect their opinions.
i yield to the chairman of the chairman of mr. scott. mr. scott: this addresses an urgent challenge facing workers and our economy within the jurisdiction, this proposal makes child care more affordable and preschools with three and four-year-olds and will give them to re-enter the work force. the build back better act makes children and helping more children getting healthy nutrition and lowers the cost of higher education by increasening the cost of pell grants and minority-serving institutions and workers can build their
skills and increase their paychecks and help employers they need. it shields workers in violations of their right to organ increasing penalties and funds service opportunities and job service programs to protect our communities. the build back better act provides programs to older americans and hoser the cost of prescriptive drugs particularly insulin. any of these provisions individually would improve the lives of our institutions but this would lower the cost and create better-paying jobs and it is fully paid for by making the wealthiest pay their fair share.
join me in supporting the pay back better act. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas. mr. burgess: i recognize the gentlelady from minnesota. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for two minutes. mrs.fischbach: i thank the representative. . during one of the several rules committee hearings, committee chairs couldn't even explain specific provisions of the bill. how does the majority think the american public can really know what is in this bill? the majority will stick to very closely to the talking points using words like transformational, bold vision and values-based leadership and
saying things about affordable housing, universal pre-k and drug pricing. but do we know where all that money is really going? our constituents deserve to understand each of these programs. but also the ones they don't include in their talking points. they have eliminated the bipartisan hydrolic amendment -- hyde amendment protections that for 40 years have been preventing tax dollars used for abortion. there is approximately $756 billion in welfare spending increase, how is that money being used, where is it going? the bill also includes at least a few budget gimmicks. the bill offers partial funding for some programs, creating temporary programs that are clearly meant to be permanent. this means the cost estimates for the bills are not accurate into the future. the committee chairs even have a hard time explaining how those budget gimmicks work. one of the biggest ticket items
is the $320 billion in tax subsidies for electric vehicles, solar energy, wind, and other green energy. and an additional $25 million for the president to establish an environmental initiative. the american public might want to know that on the $45 billion is going to the i.r.s. for increased enforcement in digital monitoring, especially since the democrats have proposed spying on americans' bank accounts. this bill pours billions of dollars into government agencies to further insert government bureaucrats into their daily lives of american citizens. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. mrs. fischbach: i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. mcgovern: madam speaker, i'm now proud to yield two minutes to the gentlewoman from california, the distinguished chairwoman of the committee on financial services, ms. waters. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for two minutes. ms. waters: thank you so very much, madam speaker and members, and thank chairman mcgovern for creating this opportunity for me to share a few remarks with you
this evening. for decades, we have failed to make the kinds of investments that allow families to access equal opportunities and communities to thrive, so i rise today in strong support of the build back better act to deliver the urgent investments our country needs to thrive. i have spent my career fighting for the dignity of safe and decent homes for all. in 2019, i coined the phrase "housing is infrastructure." it hasn't been easy getting to this point, but i am incredibly proud to discuss the more than $150 billion for housing investments included in today's bill that would create or preserve over one million homes. these investments include $65 billion to repair and rebuild our nation's public housing. $25 billion for new rental
assistance to support hundreds of thousands of people struggling to afford rent and help people escape homelessness and domestic violence. $26 billion to create and preserve hundreds of thousands of affordable and accessible housing units. and $10 billion in down payment assistance to make the dream of homeownership possible for the millions of first generation homebuyers. housing is at the heart of building back better, so members, i urge you to vote yes and help make safe, decent, and affordable housing a reality for every family. and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas. mr. burgess: thank you, madam speaker. now i am pleased to yield one minute to the gentleman from texas, the designated conscience of the conference, mr. chip roy, for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. roy: i thank the speaker. i thank the gentleman from texas. i've been interested in hearing my colleagues from the other
side of the aisle who designate themselves as moderates saying they need a c.b.o. score. we know what you don't need a c.b.o. score for? you don't need it to tell you there's a 900% increase in osha fines because of mandates. you don't need the c.b.o. score to know there's an amnesty provision in here right when our border is completely on fire to provide amnesty for seven million. you don't need a c.b.o. score for the $500 billion of a unicorn energy strategy that are already crippling the country called the -- causing gas prices and electric bills go up while president biden is across the atlantic taking cold baths in gas co-. you don't -- glasgow. you don't need a c.b.o. score. we need to reject this resoundingly this evening. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. mcgovern: madam speaker, i'm proud to yield two minutes to the gentleman from new jersey, the distinguished chairman of the energy and commerce
committee, mr. pallone. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. pallone: madam speaker, i rise in strong support of the build back better act. the build back better act builds on our efforts to make health care more affordable and accessible for all americans. it extends premium subsidies that make health care more affordable for millions of americans, and finally expands access to uninsured americans who are unfairly caught in the medicaid coverage gap. the legislation also provides critical relief at the pharmacy counter by finally giving medicare the ability to negotiate lower drug prices with the pharmaceutical companies. it also caps out-of-pocket prescription drug prices for seniors at $2,000 a year. lowers insulin prices for americans with diabetes to $35 a month. and penalizes farm suit company kl -- pharmaceutical companies. it improves maternal health care and provides for the first time comprehensive hearing benefits under medicare part d.
the legislation also includes $150 billion in funding for home and community-based care so seniors and people with disabilities can get the care that they need in their homes. the build back better act also aggressively tackles the climate crisis with historic investments, moving us towards a clean energy economy while also producing millions of good-paying american jobs. the new $29 billion greenhouse gas reduction fund will accelerate innovation in low and zero emission technologies while also proor advertising the needs of environmental justice communities. rebates to homeowners to electrify and make their house more efficient will save money and reduce emissions. investments in 21st century electric grid will get more renewable energy online. and a new methane emission reduction program. there is no time, madam speaker, to delay. bold climate action is needed now, and the build back better act is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to invest in the american people and our future.
it deserves strong support today. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas. mr. burgess: thank you, madam speaker. at this time i'm pleased to recognize a valuable member of the rules committee, mr. reschenthaler, for two minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. reschenthaler: thank you, madam speaker. and thank you to my good friend and fellow rules committee member, dr. burgess, for the time. madam speaker, let's just look at the cost of this. this bill comes in at $4.1 trillion. that's more than double what my friends across the aisle claim this comes in at. and how do we pay for this? i'll tell you how. crippling taxes and budget gimmicks. this bill would levy $420 billion in tax increases on our nation's small businesses. $800 billion in tax hikes on american companies as well. so what does this mean for americans? what does this mean for the american consumer? it means fewer jobs, it means higher prices, it means more reliance on china for our
everyday goods. excuse me. if you thought that today's sky-high inflation -- if you thought our supply chain crises were bad, just wait until this bill goes into effect. h.r. 5376 includes a new tax, even, on retirement plans. it bans production of domestic energy. it raises taxes on natural gas. all these policies, all of them would be disastrous for american job creators, disastrous for american workers, disastrous for american families. but it's not bad news for all americans, madam speaker. millionaires and billionaires have it made under this bill. this bill restores the salt deduction, giving the wealthy up to $72,500 in tax breaks each year. these are the individuals that benefit under this, the wealthy, the elite. this legislation also includes $550 billion in green subsidies, ensuring that top 1%, that top 1% that already benefits under this bill can put another tesla
in their garage. you can see where the democrats' priorities lie. it's not with the american worker. it's with the american top 1% elite. americans deserve better. thank you and i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. mcgovern: madam speaker, i'm proud to yield two minutes to the gentlewoman from connecticut, the distinguished chairwoman of the committee on appropriations, ms. delauro. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for two minutes. ms. delauro: i rise in support of the build back better act that is before us today. a package of legislation that i believe ranks alongside the new deal and the great society in its impact. we must pass this legislation. it delivers a once-in-a-generation investment in children, families, and caregivers. and finally, a scale of investment in combating climate change that cannot wait. the build back better acts expands and improves the child tax credit. the biggest cut in taxes for working families with children.
a groundbreaking and transformative policy that i have been fighting for for nearly 20 years. i am proud that families with children under 6 receive $300 a month and children 6 through 17 receive $250 a month. it is a lifeline for the middle class, and it lifts over 50% of children out of poverty. it allows us to emerge from the shadows of the pandemic. it is social security for children. the build back better act adds to this with a first-time investment in childcare that guarantees that its cost will not exceed 7% of income. and i am so proud that this package includes paid family and medical leave which finally responds to the needs of workers and their families so they can take time off to care for themselves or for a loved one when they ill. we have an opportunity, an opportunity to build the architecture for the future, for working families in this country. working and middle-class
families across the united states are counting on us to build a better, a better and a stronger america. i thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas. mr. burgess: thank you, madam speaker. at this time i'm very pleased to recognize one of the newest members of the texas delegation from out in west texas and the permian basin, mr. flooug mr. pfluger. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. pfluger: the american people deserve transparency. and they resoundedly rejected the bad policies proposed by the democratic party this week. yet, my colleagues on the other side of the aisle are doubling down to pass legislation that will radically change our country for the worse. we're talking about transparency. we need transparency right now to understand the tax increases on all americans, the outsourcing of energy and manufacturing jobs outside this country, and half a trillion dollars to misguided new green
policies that will no doubt bankrupt this country and saddle our children and grandchildren with more debt. the misprioritized placating of green special interests that this administration has rushed to are unbelievable. it's midland over moscow, it's it over opec. blue states, those purchasing electric vehicles now in the 2,000-plus pages are going to get a hand out. i am voting no on this radical legislation. i urge my colleagues to do the same. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. mcgovern: amend the rule to correct a clerical error. it reinserts the manager's amendment which was omitted from the copy of the report filed today. this is purely a clerical fix. madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to amend the pending
resolution with an amendment that i have placed at the desk. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the amendment. the clerk: amendment offered by mr. mcgovern. in the first section of the resolution strike the amendment printed in the report of the committee on rules accompanying this resolution and insert rules committee print 117-19. the speaker pro tempore: is there objection to the request of the gentleman from massachusetts? without objection, the resolution is amended. mr. mcgovern: thank you, madam speaker. i want to thank dr. burgess and ranking member cole for their courtesy. i now yield two minutes to the gentleman from new york, a distinguished chairman of the judiciary, mr. nadler. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. nadler: i rise in support of the rule and the build back better act. there are so many important provisions in this legislation but i want to highlight a few of the judiciary committee's contributions that invests in our communities and people. we invest in communities by supporting community violence and intervention programs and we invest in our economy by providing resources to the antitrust enforcement agencies where they work to protect
competition. we also invest in people by improving our immigration system to provide protections and stability to those who have made significant contributions to our economy. this legislation provides an opportunity for immigrants who have lived here since january 1, 2011, to receive temporary protection from removal as well as work permits if they are not inadmirable and criminal and other grounds. while this is not the permanent protection many of us wanted, the peace of mind that comes along with protection from deportation is life changing for them and their families. it provides security to millions of people, including an estimated 1.6 million dreamers and a million farm workers and 2.6 million other essential workers who kept us safe during the pandemic. it would restore the availability of over 400,000 unused immigrant visas lost due the covid-19 and bureaucratic delay and enhance green card processing. this historic and transformative legislation will make the investments we need to continue growing our economy and strengthening our communities for many years to come. i urge all of my colleagues to
support the rule and the build back better act and i yield back to the gentleman from massachusetts. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas. . mr. burgess: i'm pleased to recognize the gentlelady from oklahoma, mrs. bice, for two meant. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. mrs. bice: i rise today in strong opposition to the build back broke act. a vote for the underlying bill along with the infrastructure package is a vote for trillions in new taxes and spending that will cause inflation to sproact and make businesses -- skyrocket and make businesses in america less competitive. together these bills would lead to nearly $3 trillion in spending before the government is even funded for next year. of the many concerning provisions in this bill, perhaps the worst of them is concerning american energy. americans are already paying the most for a gallon of gas in seven years. and now the federal government is warning americans that their home heating bills could cost 54% more this winter as compared
to last year. how is that helping middle income families? many of my constituents have also contacted me about a provision in this bill to assess a $1500 tax on each ton of methane emissions. this would devastate oil and gas producers in my home state of oklahoma, where this industry accounts for nearly 134,000 jobs, and over $57 billion in economic outbutt. output. over a quarter of my state's g.d.p. not only would this policy kill tens of thousands of american jobs, it would also destroy a major source of my home state's tax revenues. totaling over $13 billion annually. the fund, schools, roads, hospitals, and our first responders. this is unconscionable. madam speaker, this rule would enable house democrats to ram through a poorly written and ill-conceived bill that is not supported by the large majority of americans. despite the biden administration's claims that it
is fully paid for, a new analysis by the wharton school of business shows the full cost of this measure being nearly $4 trillion with only $1.5 being paid for. the democrats' claims that the bill wouldn't raise tabltions on middle class americans is also false. the bill is full of regressive tax that is will hurt middle and low-income americans while it gives huge tax breaks to the wealthiest 1% in high tax statee has expired. the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. mcgovern: madam speaker, i'm happy to yield two minutes to the gentleman from mississippi, the distinguished chairman of the committee on homeland security, mr. thompson. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman virginia tech for two minutes. mr. thompson: thank you, madam speaker. madam speaker, i thank the gentleman from massachusetts for yielding. i rise in strong support of the rule and the underlying legislation. president biden has a bold vision for getting our country back on track after devastating pandemic and years of policies
that ignored the struggles of so many americans. what we are doing here today is about making government work for working people of the the committee on homeland security, which i lead, has used this historic opportunity to make significant long-term investments in three areas. cybersecurity, the protection of houses of worship, and nonprofits from domestic terrorism and other threats, and reducing the department of homeland security's environmental footprint. these are three critical challenges confronting our nation and my constituents in mississippi today. last week we marked three years since the deadly attack on the jewish community in the united states history when a mass shooting took 11 lives in a pittsburgh synagogue. today through the homeland security title of this act, we will be able to give $100 million in new funding to help protect our houses of worship.
this act also includes targeted funding to bolster the nation's cybersecurity posture in significant ways. with the $500 million included there, we can do just that. finally, we include $900 million in strategy -- strategic investment to help d.h.s. reduce its carbon footprint. such investments have far-reaching and direct impacts on our national security. i thank budget committee chairman john yarmuth and speaker pelosi for their months of hard work and prioritizing homeland security in this transformational legislation. with that, madam speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas. mr. burgess: at this time i'm pleased to recognize the gentleman from pennsylvania, representative meuser, for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute mr. meuser: thank you, madam speaker. i thank the gentleman, dr. burgess, from texas. madam speaker, after elections before the americans people rebuked the government control
agenda, the democrat colleagues are doubling down on policies that will exasperate inflation work force and clie shortages. including waste, fraud, and abuse. madam speaker, this reconciliation bill has no return on investments to the american people. independent analysis shows it decreases g.d.p.t will weaken u.s. economic strength worldwide. the bill raises $420 billion on small businesses in taxes. while a massive tax break for high earners in high tax states. it gives amnesty and drive's license to illegal immigrants while a crisis rages at our border and spends on big on entitlements that disincentivize works. and it misses any mark for pay for by $2 trillion to $3 trillion. this is irresponsible spending bill coupled by wait with a bipartisan t&i bill and made it virtually impossible to support both because the net effect is detrimental to our economy. the speaker pro tempore: the
gentleman from massachusetts. the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. mcgovern: madam speaker, i'm happy to yield two minutes to the gentleman from oregon, the distinguished chairman of the committee on transportation and infrastructure, mr. defazio. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. defazio: i thank the gentleman. madam speaker, i rise in support of h.r. 5376 build back better act. by passing this landmark legislation, the house democrats are making lasting investments in the american people. our infrastructure, lowering taxes for families, working families across this country. it fights inflation, fully paid for. we accomplish this by making sure big corporations and the wealthiest way their fair share while creating hundreds of thousands of good-paying jobs that don't require a college degree. it's no wonder why this bill is popular with a strong majority of americans and very unpopular with the republican minority. as chair of the transportation
committee, i'm proud this will provide a vital down payment against clie at change. transportation sector is the largest source of carbon pollution. this will address the climate crisis with the urgency it deserves. something i have been pushing for a long time. $40 billion from the t&i committee. reducing carbon emission from aviation, port, public buildings. ensure critical transportation connection was affordable housing. reconnect bisected neighborhoods. robustly fund high-speed rail. ensure climate resilient and affordable investments in our wastewater. for working families the build back better act will provide universal pre-k, childcare, lower health care costs, and establish a permanent program four weeks paid medical leave. it makes historic investments in housing, includes provisions to afford affordable pricing for
certain prescription drugs. this legislation includes investments in tax enforcement to catch the tax cheat much the wealthiest tax cheat in america. again, the republicans don't much like that part of the bill. it should be clear the build back better act will lower cost force families, put money back in the pockets of hardworking americans, create hundreds of thousands of family wage jobs and good benefits. by passing this bill along with the infrastructure investment and jobs act, we are truly catapulting america into the modern era. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. defazio: the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas. the gentleman from texas. mr. burgess: thank you, madam speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman virginia tech. mr. burgess: if we defeat the previous question will i offer an amendment to the rule to immediately consider the illegal immigrant payoff prohibition act introduced by mr. mcclintock. this bill will prevent the attorney general from making
settlement payments to individuals and families who have entered the country illegally for claims arising out of the illegal entry. madam speaker, we have a crisis along our southern border and this will only incentivize further unauthorized immigration, overwhelm our border official, and expose additional immigrants to danger. madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to insert the text of my amendment into the record along with extraneous material immediately prior to the vote on the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. burgess: to explain the amendment i yield two minutes to my good friend, mr. mcclintock from california. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. mcclintock: thank you, madam speaker. if the previous question is defeated we'll take up the illegal imgrapt payoff prohibition act. last week our nation was stunned by the revelation that the biden administration is about to use our tax dollars to pay thousands of illegal immigrants $450,000 a
piece and up to $1 million per family. why? because they were separated from their minor child when they were arrested for the crime of crossing our border illegally. remember, any american citizen arrested with a child is immediately separated from this child. the adult goes to jail. the minor's taken into protective custody. that's what happened. the penalty for illegal entry is supposed to be a fine and prison. the democrats are literally changing it into a million dollar jackpot. this administration has already made a mockery of our immigration laws by refusing to enforce them. this is this has now produced the greatest illegal point of order a quorum is not presenter incursion in our country's history. working in middle class americans are the most harmed by this. because it's their wages that are depressed by flooding the market with low-wage labor. it is their classrooms strained with nonenglish speaking
students. it is their emergency rooms that are overwhelmed by illegal immigrants demanding basic services. it is their communities that are made more dangerous as gang activity increases and criminal illegal aliens are released into their neighborhoods. now to add insult to injury, the democrats propose taking their tax dollars to make thousands of lawbreakers fabulously wealthy as an apology for president trump actually enforcing our laws and securing our border. that is insane. the american people understand that quite clearly. republicans will not allow this twisted travesty to go unchallenged. if there is any sane democrat left in this house, i invite them to join us by voting no on the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. mcgovern: madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent -- i ask unanimous consent to insert into the record a november 4 article entitled this may finally be the
air congress lets medicare negotiate drug prices. the speaker pro tempore: wired. mr. mcgovern: the build back better bill we are on the verge of finally -- finally allowing medicaid to negotiate drug prices which will bring down the costs for consumers. this has been decades in the making. overwhelmingly supported by the american people. there is even a provision that caps insulin costs in this bill. to just $35 a month. this is a big deal for so many of our constituents. we are making history here today. this bill will transform people's lives for the better. at this time i'd like to yield 1 1/2 minutes to the gentlewoman from texas, the distinguished chairwoman of the subcommittee on science, space, and technology, miss johnson. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for 1 1/2 minutes. miss johnson: thank you, mr. speaker -- miss johnson: -- ms. johnson: thank you very much. i rise today in strong support of the underlying bill, build back better act and in favor of this rule.
as chairperson of the committee on science, space, and technology and a member of this body, i am steadfastly committed to ensuring that our country has a bright future. this bill provides resources to help accomplish just that. the underbill we will pass hopefully tonight will make critical investments that ensure that we are able to address the challenges we face. these resources will help us address the climate crisis, rebuild after the pandemic, and renew and repair our infrastructure. this bill and funding will strengthen our competitiveness own bolster our position as a global leader in science and technology. i want to thank my colleagues for their work on this bill. investments in research and development now will pay untold dividends for the future health and prosperity of our country. i'm proud to stand in support of
the build back better plan. and i urge that we pass this bill swiftly as soon as we can pass this rule. and thoughtfully for the good of the american people today as well as the future generations will benefit from these investments. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas. mr. burgess: at this time i'm pleased to recognize member of the republican leadership, valuable member of the energy and commerce committee, mr. scalise of louisiana, for two minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. scalise: i rise in opposition to the rule but specifically against this massive, multitrillion dollar tax and spend bill we just got the text last night, over 2,300 pages. as we've been combing through i'd like to point out a few pieces in this bill. let's start with a natural gas tax. president biden promised that anyone who makes less than $400,000 a year won't spend a
dime, will not pay a dime in new taxes. even whispers it into the microphone. the only problem is he breaks the promise right here in the bill, a tax that according to the american gas association will increase household electricity rates by 30%. and by the way, that's low income families that pay that tax. the hardest. broken promise by president obama -- biden right there then you go down and you look at amnesty. it's been talked about. millions of additional people will get amnesty in this bill. and it comes at a time where president biden is negotiating, initially he said he wasn't, then the white house had to go back up and say the justice department is negotiating half a million dollar checks to people who came across our border illegally and then they're going to give amnesty to millions more people.
estimates are seven million more people. can you imagine the flood that will come over when they hear that you can get a half a million dollars a person? if president biden gets his way. then you go down the line. there's more, unfortunately. let's look at, comb through, i.r.s. agents. how many of us have our phones ringing off the hooks with people calling and saying please add 87,000 more i.r.s. agents to the roles. not one of us has probably got than call yet they put it in the bill they call it infrastructure they call it equity. whatever they want to call it it's an army of i.r.s. agents that are going to come for your bank account. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. scalise: they're going to be combing through your bank account. why? because they have to generate hundreds of billions of dollars to spend on more inflation-inducing spending. according to this account,
you're going to have over $4 trillion of spending with $1.5 trillion of new taxes. by the way that's $2.5 trillion of additional debt even though the president says there's no cost no cost, just $2.5 trillion of debt. but these i.r.s. agents are going to have to account for over $200 billion to find money from your checking accounts. that's what they're trying to do at dark of night. we started the morning at 8:00 a.m. we're here after 9:00 p.m. starting to get into the details of this bill. no wonder they don't want a c.b.o. score. no wonder they want to do this by dark of night. this is going to induce more inflation that's hurting families all across america. listen to what the voters of virginia said. stop the massive -- this massiv. i yield back the balance of my time the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts.
mr. mcgoverage: i'm proud to yield one minute to the gentleman from maryland, the distinguished majority leader mr. hoyer. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. hoyer: thank you, madam speaker, thank you, mr. chairman. by adopted this rule, madam speaker, we are now lining up with the runway in preparation to land the plane on build back better. as we wait for the c.b.o. to complete its work and produce its analysis which i believe will confirm an estimate from the white house based on the joint tax committee'sage sthoifs bill's revenue impact. the preliminary scoring from c.b.o. that this bill is fully paid for. now, not saying it doesn't spend money. it does not create debt. when the republicans passed their tax bill, of course, they gave themselves a ceiling. of $1.5 trillion.
that they did not pay for. on the assertion that that tax cut would pay for itself. the problem is, none of their tax cuts have ever paid for themselves. none. zero. zip. this bill is paid for. and what it will do for the american people will be life-changing. for working families. and moms. and children. in this country. today we are going to send president biden the long -- strike that. today we're going to pass a rule which will allow for the consideration of this bipartisan bill to invest $1.2 trillion in -- yes, today. excuse me. talking about the -- we're talking about the bipartisan 69
senators voting for it, bipartisan infrastructure bill which will make an extraordinary difference in the lives of this country and as importantly the job creation in this country. a million jobs per year. that's what this rule will do. this bill will help our businesses create millions of good jobs here in our country. it will make significant, significant investments in promoting the deployment of clean energy technologies and making our infrastructure more resilient against climate change. that's what this bill will do. enacting this legislation and again i'm referring to the bipartisan infrastructure act passed by 69 -- with 69 votes in the united states senate. half of the republicans almost voting for it. this legislation will mean that our majority has delivered a major victory for the american people in a bipartisan way and
passing this rule will mean that next up is the transformational legislation to invest in america's human infrastructure. our children, our families, opportunities for the most vulnerable in our country to access the american dream. unlike our republican friends who passed their tax bill which was about 85% to 90% of it going to the wealthiest americans, this bill deals with all americans. and particularly those who are the most vulnerable, most challenged, and having the most difficult times in our country. so let's get this done today. show the american people that their congress works for them. we ought to vote yes on this. let me say what this rule provides for a bill which will do, add 1.5 million jobs per
year this bill. the build back better. 1.5 million jobs per year and on average across the whole decade. increase labor force participation and accelerate the return to full employment. increase our total g.d.p. by $3 trillion throughout the next decade. keep prices stable and decrease inflationary pressures as we continue our rerecovery from the covid-19 pandemic. the nation has long underinvested in its infrastructure. i'm sure as my friends across the aisle will remember, in 2016, president reagan -- i'm sorry, president trump was then campaigning for office he pledged to the american people that he would present a trillion-dollar infrastructure program for this country. 2017, no such infrastructure bill. 2018, no such infrastructure bill. 2019, no such infrastructure bill.
but in 2019 in early 2019, the president said $1 trillion is not enough we ought to do $2 trillion. that was president trump. $2 trillion. was his suggestion. and we asked him, mr. president we'll support that, tell us how you think we ought to fund it. oh. had to fund it. president never came forth either with a bill or with funding. for a bill. so we didn't pass that. this president said no, we do need infrastructure. and the figure that trump used is not certainly what this country needs but it is a very, very good start. so he sent down a bill to accomplish that objective. that bill was not the one we passed. because eight senators from the republican side of the aisle, eight senators from ethis democratic side of the aisle got
together. talked about what can we agree upon? i hear so much, particularly from, when i have colloquies with the minority whip about bipartisanship we ought to come together. we ought to work together. well, eight senators on the republican side and eight senators on the democratic side did exactly that. and what happened? they then went down to the white house, talked to the white house, and the president worked with them. and they agreed so this is a bill that the president, 19 republican senators, 50 democratic senator, agreed was good for america. that's what we are enabling tonight. the nation unfortunately has long underestimated -- underinvested in the infrastructure and social needs and been slow to the re-- slow to respond to the threat posed
by climate change. our national security apparatus, including the four-star generals who lead our various service arm, have said the most existential threat to the security of the united states of america is climate change. global warming. this bill deals with that existential threat. it also -- the policies being considered would direct the benefits of the stronger growth to lower income americans. that may be why it's sort of not what my republican friends think ought to be done. although the whip talked about that somewhat. that's not what their bill did. it addresses the long-running skewing of the income and wealth distribution in america. the richest country on earth where we have so many people in poverty so many children who don't have a good education, so many children who don't have the health care they need. this bill addresses those issues. according to the economic policy
institute, the build back better act, macroeconomic boost, looks more valuable by the day. said that november 3, 2021. their analysis shows the u.s. economy is not overheating due to too much fiscal relief and recovery provided earlier this year. expert after expert after expert says that. did we have pent up demand? we did. are we having a supply side problem because of the pandemic epidemic? that's absolutely accurate. the build back better bill will improve supply chains. it boosts long-term growth and security through public investments, provides macroeconomic insurance against aggregate demand growing too slowly in coming years. in an open letter from nobel laureates in support of economic recovery agenda, they said this.
success in the 21st century will require building upon the bipartisan infrastructure deal that has passed the senate which prioritizes investment in our nation's hard infrastructure. that's what this rule will provide for. furthermore, they say the president's build back better agenda employs a broader conception of infrastructure by making critical investments in human capital. the care comism research and development. public education. and more. which will reduce families' costs. because this agenda invests in long-term economic capacity, they went on to say it will enhance the ability of more americans to par days pit productively in the economy. it will ease longer term inflationary pressures. that was nobel laureates. talking about this economic recovery plan. it was signed by 15 of those
nobel laureates. madam speaker, the last 20 months have presented our nation with challenges we could neither have foreseen nor envisioned. a global pandemic took the lives of nearly three quarters of a million americans. if you went out to the lawn surrounding the george washington monument, you saw rows and rows and rows of white flags. indicating those over 700,000, now almost 750,000 americans who lost their lives as a result of the pandemic. we responded in a bipartisan way. and because of it we did not go into a depression. because of it we saved literally hundreds of thousands of lives. maybe millions of lives. because of our investment we
saved businesses. because of our investment we saved jobs for literally millions of americans. february, 2020, to 2021, millions of women left the work force, many to take care of children who had to stay home from school or to take care of a sick loved one. this bill as well as the build back better act will address the critical shortage of riled care in this clint. thankfully, because of the swift development and deployment of life-saving vaccines, our economy is coming back. i don't know whether any of my republican friends mentioned that we created over 500,000 jobs last month. this administration this administration enjoys over
five million new jobs in america. that's over twice the number of jobs that mr. trump had in his best year, and seven million more jobs, mr. trump in his last year lost two million jobs. that was because of the pandemic. we understand that. but to say that 500,000 new jobs is not an economy that is growing and providing sustenance for its people. the delta variant continues to impact, of course, that recovery. which is slower than we'd like to see. our economy, however, has brought back nearly five million jobs since president biden took office. now 5.5 million jobs. americans are getting back to work. and what this bill will do is to encourage the continue of the
growth of our economy. continue to grow the ability to educate and raise our children. the ability of women and single parents, male and female to be in the workplace. we need their expertise. we need their talent. we need their energy. and providing safe, reliable, affordable childcare will make such a difference. these -- this bill that we provide for being considered as we end this debate will help america grow. and the bill that the rule provides to consider at some time in the near future will provide americans with a better, safer, more secure life. for them, for their children, for their friends and neighbors. let's pass both of these bills. let's pass the b.i.f. bill, the bipartisan infrastructure
framework tonight. and let us in the very near future as this rule provides pass the build back better act. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas. mr. burgess: thank you, madam speaker. may i inquire how much time remains on our side. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas has 3 1/2 minutes remaining. the gentleman from massachusetts has 4 3/4 minutes remaining. mr. burgess: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. mcgovern: madam speaker, i'm proud to yield one minute to the gentleman from california, my friend, mr. khanna. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. khanna: thank you, madam speaker. thank you to the chair. as a progressive i rise today to say that our party must unify and we must vote yes today on both the rule and the bipartisan infrastructure bill.
now, i know there is all this jargon about rule and b.b.b. and b.i.f. but really to me this is very simple. the question is, do you trust the president? i trust president biden. i trust that president biden cares about the working class. for 40 years the working class has not had any support. on the other side for four years under trump they gave tax cuts to the rich. president biden wants to give money to working families in the child allowance. he wants to give them a tax cut. he wants to make sure they can pay for childcare. and he understands the working class experience. we will unify as a party. we will vote yes tonight. we will deliver. and this president is going to make history by finally looking out for the working class and middle class in this country. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. mcmcgovern: proud to yield one minute to the the
gentlewoman from california the distinguished speaker of the house, ms. pelosi. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. ms. pelosi: thank you very much, madam speaker. thank you, mr. chairman. for your great leadership in bringing this important legislation to the floor. the rules of the house to expand opportunity for so many people in our country. to protect our planet for future generations. to do so with great equity in a way that build back better for women. mr. speaker, thanks to the tireless work of so many in the house democratic caucus all of our members, our chairs of committees of jurisdiction, the members of those committees worked so hard bringing their years of experience, knowledge, and judgment on how we would go forward to fulfill the president's vision. president biden has a big vision for america and for our future.
a vision that has equity in it so that we are building with fairness for all in our country to participate in the increased prosperity of our nation. we thank the president for his great leadership. the vision that he has put forth, the knowledge of all of his careers in the congress, and as vice president in terms of legislation and his respect for all of our members paying so much attention to their concerns and more especially to how we can work together to meet the needs of the american people. this is build back better with women. build back better for the people. it will be one of the most significant legislative undertakings than any of us have ever been part of. and i say that with great proprietary attitude toward the affordable care act. transformative and historic. this is even bigger than that.
in fact, it strengthens the affordable care act. so if you are talking about how we want to have immediate and enduring difference for the workers and families, creating jobs, securing middle class tax cuts, lowering costs for families, and making the wealthiest pay their fair share, all the while contributing to reducing the national debt. making everyone pay their fair share. did i hear a laugh over there? did i hear a laugh from those who added $2 trillion in tax cuts to the richest people in america? 1%. 83% of it going to the top 1%? this is paid for. and more than paid for. in terms of jobs, together with the historic, also historic bipartisan infrastructure bill, it will create an estimated two million jobs each year, 20 million jobs over the life into the next decade. and that's just immediately to
this legislation. not talking about what it will generate as many more women are in the workplace. if you look at any piece of the bill, it would be extraordinary. madam speaker, if we came to the floor and just talked about protecting our planet for our children, it's always about the children, the green aspects of this bill are for the children and their future. it's about creating good-paying jobs. it's about, again, generational challenge that we have. it's about health care. the air our children breath. the water they drink. the atmosphere in which they can thrive. it's about jobs. again, good-paying green jobs at making america preeminent to the world anti-new green technologies. and the new green technologies and sharing that information with other nations so that they can succeed as well under --
underdeveloped countries. it's also about security. national security experts come to us and say that we must treat this as a security issue. years ago when i was still in the intelligence committee, we were even seeing the need for using our technology and our knowledge in terms of protecting our country, recognizing the assault on our planet that the climate crisis would be. why? because as you know with rising sea levels, encroachment of deserts, great rivers of asia, all of the things that are happening the thermal management of the planet, the list goes on and on, all of this has created in many ways drought, famine, floods, violent storms beyond
record proportion. and so the experts say that the competition for habitat and resources that this causes can increase conflict as we have migrations and the rest can cause conflict. so we must anticipate that as a security concern as it is already. then when we talk about it, health, for the children, jobs for their families, security for our country, we also recognize that this is a moral issue for us all. if you believe, as do i, this beautiful planet is god's creation, then we must be good stewards, a responsibility to be a good steward. even if you don't share that religious belief, we all agree that we owe it to our children, i would hope we all agree, we owe it to our children to pass
this planet on to them and future generations in a responsible way. even if this bill were just about that it would be historic in its proportion and transformative nature and worthy of just voting for that. but it isn't about just that. we'll make historic progress through nearly universal health care coverage in america. strengthening the a.c.a. to make coverage more affordable for those who buy insurance on their own. it also contains the medicare hearing benefit. making a major difference for seniors. as you probably know, madam speaker, i know you do, but my colleagues, there are some states would not accept -- expand medicaid. this is a great disadvantage to children. not only children but seniors who depend on medicaid for long-term health care and the
rest in this legislation. we expand not medicaid but medicare -- excuse me, not just medicaid but the affordable care act to draw those people into the plan at practically no cost to them. except their participation in an appropriate way. build back better makes historic medicare prescription drugs and negotiation for the very first time. the secretary of h.h.s. would have the power to negotiate lower prices for some of the most expensive medicin our seniors use. what's in the bill is a compromise. i have for a generation been fighting for this important provision for the secretary to negotiate for lower prices. since we passed medicare part d, which was a real giveaway to the pharmaceutical industry, this
now reins that in. under this agreement when people go to the pharmacy instead of paying hundreds and hundreds of dollars for their insulin, their bill will be capped at just $35 a month. think of what a difference that makes in people's lives and how important insulin is to them. in total, the most -- any seepor would be allowed to pay for their medications and medicare part d per year is $2,000, not one penny more. and big farm qula's outrageous price hikes above inflation will be halted not only for seniors but for all americans. and that is remarkable because that -- that was one of the strong points of this agreement. in terms of family -- there we are with health care. the green -- under the green framework we talked about climate. under the health we talked about affordable care act, medicare,
etc. and prescription drug benefit. and now we are talking about build back better, hash tag care can't wait. indeed it can't and help it on the way. in terms of the family -- of family care, build back better is the most transformative initiative in children and caregivers in generations. for decades hardworking families have been struggling under a system that stacks the deck against them. a situation made even worse by the covid-19 pandemic. that covid-19 pandemic pulled back the vail -- veil on how hard it was for people to deal with many of these challenges. our legislation, the build back better, build back better because it saves most families more than half of their spending on childcare. deliver free pre-k for every three and 4-year-old in america. just on those two scores.
parents earning, children learning. possible because of childcare and the universal pre-k. give more than 35 million families a major tax cut by extending the expanded biden child tax credit. . they have frequently told me they spend more time caring for their parents when they are sick than they did when their children were small and they were sick because their parents are older and more in need of that attention. this not only provides higher quality care for older americans and americans with disabilities, it also recognizes the value of
those people who are providing that care. treating them with respect and with proper pay. then we have make a significant contribution to work force development. if we're going to build back better, even in the -- this bill, the bipartisan infrastructure framework, it's important to have people be trained for the job. not only in construction but in home health care and in other ways. so -- and doing so was very important to president biden and to all of us, but this was a must for him in every aspect of the legislation. to advance equity and opportunity with investments in maternal care, nutrition, housing and more. that exy to -- equity is part of what's happening in the construction, infrastructure bill and here.
must have equity. cannot perpetuate disparities in income and living conditions and the rest. to do so with respect for work, honoring work, and to do so in a way that has equity. and we have included permanent universe paid medical -- family and medical leave which is a pillar for all of -- of work for our families. i hope this will stay in the bill we must get children learning, parents earning, as i mentioned, in a way that assures women can follow a career path as they meet their family needs. just think of the liberation that this is, that women will be able to go to work, follow their career path, help provide for their families or maybe they're a single parent, provide for their families, all the way while knowing that their children, or if it happens to be
a parent, are well cared for. it does -- i'm very excited about the -- about what it does in that regard. again, i talked about the climate and i won't go back into it except to say that with all we want to do in the climate sector, we have to meet our goals. if we are going to be true to any promise to our children, grandchildren, future generation, we have to build back better will enable us to do so by cutting greenhouse gas pollution by over a gigaton, helping the president's vision to cut pollution in half by 2030 and protecting our children's health. it will drive forward the clean energy economy, create googd-paying jobs and lowering family's energy costs and it will advance environmental justice back to that equity issue as it will educate a work force for the future and advance housing initiatives that are
resilient and green. the build back better is fully paid for and reduces the national debt. according to the nonpartisan joint committee on taxation, this legislation is fully paid for with its tax increase provisions in the bill raising $1.5 trillion over 10 years. not including the additional savings from the prescription drug pricing and the i.r.s. tax enforcement. further analysis based on c.b.o. estimates show that the legislation reduces the deficit by over $36 billion over the next 10 years and then by last three, are you ready for this, madam speaker? over the next -- the second 10 years by $2 trillion over the second decade. and if it reduces the debt and grows the economy, build back
better will not increase inflation according to experts. as 17 nobel prize winning economists recently wrote, because this agenda invests in long-term economic capacity and will enhance the ability of more americans to participate productively in the economy, it will ease longer term inflationary pressures. inflation is very important. we must pay attention to it. and that's why it's so essential to pay for the legislation. but i'm a pay as you go person. i always want us to be able to pay for or offset any new investments that we have so this legislation is consistent with that. president john f. kennedy once said, to govern is to choose. to pass this bill choices had to be made. we see, it's big. it's transformative. historic. it will be challenging. and different members will have
different veufs how we go about prioritizing and the rest. in this chamber this very chamber, when people come here, i love to tell them about the history of this chamber. that is a chamber that abolished slavery a chamber that declared war in world war ii. and before. it is a historic chamber, a place that we all must treat with great respect. and we will enhance the luster of this institution if we pass this historic, transformative legislation. no piece of legislation contains everything. and once we pass build back better more work must remain to strengthen the financial security of america's working families to improve families' health care and protect the planet and more. but we cannot and will not miss the opportunity to build back better for women, for children,
for the people. the build back better agenda creates more jobs, securing morx cuts for the middle class and lowers costs for families while maybe the wealthiest pay their fair share. it's not punitive, it's fair share. the agenda for workers, for families, for children, for the planet and as i said for women. the passage of this rule will take us -- take a strong step in achieving this goal. so i urge my colleagues to support the rule. i do so with special, again, congratulations and gratitude to the distinguished chair of the rules committee, mr. mcgovern, the distinguished chair of the budget committee, mr. yarmuth. the chairs you have heard from, so many of them, here this evening. mr. neal from ways and means, so important all of this frank pallone of the energy
commerce committee, bobby scott in terms of education and labor. three really important committees in the legislation and housing, maxine waters and her contribution in that regard. mr. grijalva in terms of climate issues in the natural resources committee. the list goes on and on. it's a list, really of -- a gallery of heroes. of people who have brought their knowledge, their experience, their legislative skills to bear. their knowledge and therefore their judgment to get the job done for the people. and we all -- we do all of this in such a way that has equity and so we thank the president of the united states for his extraordinary leadership, his enpsych lo peedic knowledge of what is in the legislation because he's been working for these issues so long, for the
opportunity it will provide for families, children, dads and moms who need to have help at home and to do so in a way that treats people with respect. respect for their work. respect for their families. respect for their future with that, madam speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. i urge a yes vote on the legislation. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas. the gentleman from texas. the house will come to order. the gentleman from texas. mr. burgess: i reserve for closing. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. mcgovern: i'm prepared to close. mr. burgess: i'm happy to let you go first.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognize. mr. burgess: thank you, madam speaker. i yield myself the balance of our time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized mr. burgess: a couple of -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman will suspend. the house will come to order. the gentleman may continue. mr. burgess: a couple of things that come to mind. we're told that by 2050, the united states will no longer have carbon emissions. over that same 30 years, energy requirements in this country, energy consumption is going to increase 50% to 60%. those two facts do not match up. and it's strange that in this massive bill that we have in front of us, four, five, six trillion dollar, who knows, there's not one word, not one dollar, for nuclear energy. for advanced nuclear energy.
for the new nuclear technologies and reprocessing of spent fuel. you cannot produce 50% to 60% more energy with windmills and solar panels. china can't produce enough solar panels for you to keep up with that kind of energy command in a zero carbon future. so we've heard a lot this evening and in fact, the previous speaker, i reflected, president kennedy was the first inaugural i remember back in elementary school. he exhorted us, exhorted the people of our generation, ask not what your country can do for you. and yet we find ourselves here tonight with this behemoth of a bill that's going to spend our children's and children's children's inheritance as far as the eye and see. you know, this bill was
finalized by just a couple of you in some secret room in some place in this capitol. behind closed doors. no input from members. members that represent literally one half of the country. no one seemed to pay attention to when the voters spoke earlier this week and said, we don't want big government we don't want this creeping socialism that we're seeing. and yet, the response of this house was to double down on that and jam through this massive bill. this bill, we're told is a messaging bill for house democrats. i'll say the senate will rewrite it. you won't like what the senate writes and sends back to you. but you will not have an opportunity to change anything once it comes back from the senate. it will be a straight up up or down vote. you will not be able to change
one syllable of your bill and it will become law with whatever the senate puts in it. there is nothing here but a partisan social spending scam that's meant to bolster democrat prospects. unfortunately, your prospects really took a hit last tuesday night and this bill will fundamentally change life in america for every citizen and not in a good way. the magnitude of the changes contemplated in the massive reconciliation bill require -- should require the full input of congress. this should call on us, call on us and our various generations, to be transformational. and instead, we watched all afternoon while we're mired in the transactional, you can't be transformational if you're mired
in the transactional. vote against this rule, vote against this bill, vote against the infrastructure bill. let's do the right thing for the people. the speaker pro tempore: members are again reminded to address their remarks to the chair. the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. mcgovern: madam speaker, i don't know what my republican friends find so offensive about making historic investments in health care and family care. and in combating climate change. maybe we just have different values. maybe they're just angry that we're investing not in the wealthy, as they did, not in large corporations, as they did, but in our workers and in middle class families all across the nation. i'm proud that we are finally allowing drug prices to be negotiated. proud that we're establishing universal free pre-k. i'm proud we're making the biggest expansion in health care coverage in a decade. proud that we're making the most transformative investments in care giving in american history.
and i'm proud that we are making the biggest investments to combat climate change ever. i didn't run for office to help the well-connected or just to hold the title. i came here to actually get something done. for workers. for students. for the next generation. so we're not saddling them with a planet whose climate is out of control. i ran out of -- i ran for office to pass big, bold, transformative legislation like this. this is the agenda the american people voted for in november. they demanded a clean break from the republicans. they entrusted a democratic congress and a democratic white house to use their power to change people's lives for the better. and today we are delivering. i know it took a while to get to this point, some ups and downs. i know this isn't everybody's idea of a great and wonderful and fun friday night but it is testament to this president, to the speaker and to the democrats on both sides of the capitol. we are on the doorstep of
delivering once in a generation legislation that builds on the new deal and the promise president roosevelt made over 80 years ago. i i urge all my colleagues to vote for this rule and the underlying legislation so the american people with truly have a fair shot in the 21st century. the system is still rigged against workers, against too many families, against too many who are struggling in our country. let us change that reality. let us pass the infrastructure bill, the b.i.f. bill and then let us pass the build back better bill and let's transform this country for the better. i am proud, i am proud to be here today to advocate for this legislation, and i yield back the balance of my time and i move the previous question on the resolution, as amended.
the speaker pro tempore: the now occurs on ordering the previous question on the resolution. all in favor, say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. the gentleman from texas. mr. burgess: i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to section 3-s of house resolution 8, the yeas and nays are ordered. and pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this question will be postponed. pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the house in recess for a period of less than 15 minutes.