tv U.S. House of Representatives Part 1 - Debate on President Bidens Social... CSPAN November 19, 2021 5:11am-6:59am EST
yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. yarmuth: madam speaker, the bill before us today marks the triumph for our nation. after months of negotiations within our caucus, our committees, with our colleagues in the senate, and with the white house, i'm proud to present the most consequential legislation for american families since the new deal. the build back better act makes historic investments over 10 years to overhaul and reimagine entire sectors of our economy and society so that everyone, not just those at the top, will benefit from a growing economy. this bill delivers the most transformative investment in children and caregiving in generations. the largest effort to combat climate change in american history. the biggest expansion of affordable health coverage in a decade. the most significant effort to bring down costs and strengthen the middle class in generations.
investments and key reforms to make our tax system more equitable and more. to be clear, if we were only making the largest investment in childcare in the history of the nation, saving most american families more than half of their spending on childcare, that would be a major victory for the american people. if we were only guaranteeing universal preschool for all 3 and 4-year-olds, the first expansion of basic public education in our country in 100 years, that would be a major victory for the american people. if we were only making our nation's largest investment ever to combat the climate crisis, that would be a major victory for the american people. if we were only tapping out of pocket prescription drug costs under medicare at $2,000, saving more than a million seniors an average of $1,200 a year, that would be a major victory for the american people.
if we were only expanding the affordable care act so that those who have been locked out of medicaid can get good coverage and then requiring all insurance companies to provide insulin for no more than $35 a month, that would be a major victory for the american people. if we were only making the single largest and most comprehensive investment in affordable housing in u.s. history, that would be a major victory for the american people. if we were only providing one of the largest middle-class tax cuts in our nation's history, that would be a major victory for the american people. but in this bill, the build back better act, we don't just do one of these. we do all of them. each of these investments on its own will make an extraordinary impact on the lives of american families. together, they will be transformative. and here's the kicker. because our tax system has been so unjust, so tilted to benefit
the well-off and well-connected, we can pay for all of this by simply making our tax code more fair. it's a hell of a deal. it's why nobel prize-winning economists and other experts back this paid for and pro-growth agenda, citing how it will make our tax system more equitable, easing longer term inflationary pressures, and help american families build a much stronger future. that's what governing should be about. it's not a game. we are not elected to make a scene. we are elected to make a difference. and to make the lives of the people we serve better. enacting this legislation will be a momentous achievement for congress. more importantly, it will change lives, it will save lives and deliver on the promise of the american dream for generations to come. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kentucky reserves. the gentleman from missouri is recognized. mr. smith: thank you, madam speaker. i yield my time so much as i may
consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. smith: thank you, madam speaker. this is an absolute disgrace. it's beyond belief of how terrible this moment is. it's embarrassing to the people of the united states what is going on. we have seen three -- three versions of this bill written behind closed doors in speaker pelosi's office. and as we stand here this second, as we stand here, madam speaker this second, they are rewriting a fourth version of the bill in speaker pelosi's office. we will be recessing shortly, sometime throughout this debate, for the rules committee to present a fourth version of a 2,000-page bill. once again in this house,
speaker pelosi is trying to pass a bill before no one knows what's in it, so then the american people can read it after it's been passed. let me tell you, madam speaker, i'll tell you what's in the version of the bill right now. it is the worst piece of legislation that i have seen in my entire life of public service. it's transformational. it will completely change america as we know it. all at the expense of working-class families. they call it the build back better bill. let me tell you what those three bills stand for. bankrupts the economy. benefits the wealthy. and it builds the washington machine. we are standing here because
this is a budget bill. it originated in the budget committee. speaker pelosi said that a budget is a statement of your values. well, let's see the democrat party's values by what's in their bill. of this 2,100-page bill, it bankrupts the economy. they will try to tell you that the bill is less than $2 trillion. they'll try to tell you that a $4.5 trillion spending bill will cost zero. well, the american people aren't stupid. you don't spend $4.5 trillion and it cost os zero -- costs zero. but that's one of their talking points. even senator manchin, a democrat senator from west virginia, says that this bill creates shell games. we know there's all kinds of budget gimmicks to try to make it look like that it only spends
$1.5 trillion. in fact, it spends $4.5 trillion. even "the new york times" agrees that it spends a whole lot more money than what the democrats are saying. it also, not only being the largest spending bill in the history of this united states, it's the largest tax increase in the history of the united states. increasing taxes on working class families of all income levels. all at a time when we are facing record inflation. since joe biden has taken office, inflation is over 7%. in my home state, inflation is over 8%. but madam speaker, the folks on the other side of the aisle will say that inflation is just a high-class problem. they'll say that it's only transitory. but i can tell you the people of missouri and the people across this country care about those increasing prices in the
supermarket. not the prices in the stock market. this bill only punishes main street while rewarding wall street, and you should be ashamed of what's going on in the bill, madam speaker. this bill benefits the wealthy beyond belief. the democrats always say that they're the party of the working class. one fact -- the 10 most wealthy congressional districts in this body are all held by liberal democrats. in fact, wall street spent more than $70 million to defeat donald trump and to elect joe biden. and so why are they doing this bill? they're doing this bill to reward their political friends, their constituents, their allies, their donors. and the second largest program in this bill is a tax cut for millionaires. $250 billion for a tax cut for
millionaires. a millionaire family will get $25,900 in a tax break in this bill. but a middle-class family, they'll get $20. they're just rewarding their friends. but you know what those millionaires, they also get $12,500 to buy a luxury electric car. but guess what, those millionaires also get government taxpayer paid family leave. the list goes on and on about the benefits to the wealthy, and this body should be ashamed of what's about to happen. and the third b, it builds the washington bureaucracy. this bill creates more than 150 new federal programs. . it's all about control. this bill is about controlling
every aspect of americans' lives. whether it's their paychecks. whether it's their health care decisions. whether it's their kids' education. and i would think that the democrats after seeing what happened a few weeks ago in virginia and new jersey and all across this country would know that the american people are fed up with government control. in fact, the over the weekend a poll said 60%, 60% of americans believe that joe biden and the democrats are expanding government control beyond belief. if we, if we want to protect working class families, if we want to protect our freedoms, if we want to save america we have to kill this bill. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from missouri
reserves. the gentleman from kentucky is recognized. mr. yarmuth: thank you, madam speaker. it must be easy to be a republican in congress these days because you can make things up, throw out numbers without any fear of contradicted. but we will have probably by the end of the day a c.b.o. score from the congressional budget office which will undercut virtually every argument that the gentleman from missouri made. now yield one minute to the gentleman from virginia, the distinguished chairman of the education and labor committee and member of the budget committee, mr. scott. mr. scott: thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from virginia is recognized. mr. scott: thank you, mr. speaker. the build back better act addresses urgent challenges that workers, families, and businesses face every day. with provisions just within the jurisdiction of the education and labor committee, the build makes childcare affordable and secures universal preschool for 3 and 4-year-olds. lowering the cost of working families and boosting our economy by helping parents re-enter the work force.
it also allows nine million more children to receive healthy school meals. it lowers the cost of prescription drugs. and it lowers the cost of higher education. and through investments of high quality job training program, it gives workers more opportunities and enhances the skills of our work force. madam speaker, the build back better act is a historic proposal that will lower the costs for nearly every american family, creates good-paying jobs, and sets a strong foundation for the future of this country and it is paid for. i encourage all of our colleagues to support the bill. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kentucky reserves. the gentleman from missouri is recognized. mr. smith: thank you, madam speaker. i yield 1 1/2 minutes to the good the gentleman from california. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized. >> madam speaker, the latest estimate for the democrats' build back broke bill is $4.9 trillion.
that averages about $40,000 per family over the next decade. mr. mcclintock: they say it's paid for. by whom? by you, of course. through direct taxes, tax driven price increases, and worst of all, inflation. what do you get? well, amnesty for seven million illegal aliens. that's the entire population of alaska, wyoming, vermont, rhode island, delaware, north dakota, south dakota, and montana combined. explain to me how working americans are helped by flooding the market with low-wage foreign labor. the trillions of dollars of excess spending by the democrats has already driven the inflation rate to 6.2% and rising. that means if you earn $50,000 a year, the democrats just took $3,100 of that. if you managed to put $100,000 towards your retirement, the
democrats just took $6,200 of that. policy matters. p when republicans reduce the tax and regulatory burdens, we delivered the lowest unemployment in 50 years. the lowest poverty rate in 60 years. and the fastest wage growth in 40 years. the democrats have reversed these policies and produced the misery that we are suffering today. the american people know that we are on the wrong track and this bill sends us deeper into that cold and bleak future. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. mcclintock: how about put things back the way they were before you broke them. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from missouri reserves. the gentleman from account kentucky virginia tech. mr. yarmuth: madam speaker, i'm happy to yield one minute to the gentleman from california, the vice chair of the democratic caucus, mr. aguilar. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california virginia tech. is recognized. mr. aguilar: i thank the chairman for yielding. sometimes what happens in
congress is spli kateed. it's got parliamentary procedure and language that's hard to understand. so let's be very clear about the legislation that we are discussing today. the build back better act is a tax cut for working families. it it's an extension of the child tax credit and preschool access to help parents get back to work. it's the largest ever initiative to fight climate change. and it's a tool to give every american a chance to succeed. passing this bill will lift children out of poverty, expand our middle class, and make health care more affordable. it's simple. we need to pass this bill because the american people deserve this investment. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kentucky reserves. the gentleman from missouri is recognized. mr. smith: thank you, madam speaker. i yield one minute to the great the gentleman from iowa. the speaker pro tempore: the
gentleman from iowa is recognized. >> thank you, madam speaker. thank you, ranking member smith. i rise today in strong opposition to this reckless social spending bill. it's simply wrong that rather than funding mandatory programs like social security and medicare, which are on the verge of insolvency over the next 10 years, democrats instead are adding 150 new programs to this bill. think about that, seniors. mr. feenstra: your money that's coming to you every day is on the verge of bankruptcy and yet the democrats are adding another 150 brahms. program programs. our academic economyises other the country -- economists over this country are saying this bill is a complete disaster for all americans because it will dramatically increase taxes. it's estimated the new programs will dramatically increase the debt by $4 trillion every year. family businesses, families and businesses we can't continue to go down this path of continuing
to see increases in our gas and our groceries and our hardware supplies all because of this reckless spending that continues to happen. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from missouri reserves. the gentleman from kentucky is recognized. mr. yarmuth: i yield two minutes to the gentleman from new york, the democratic caucus chairman and distinguished member of the budget committee, mr. jeffries. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. jeffries: i thank the distinguished chair of the budget committee for his leadership. there is a big difference between democrats and republicans. we fight for the people, they fight for the privileged few. we will pass the build back better act. they passed the g.o.p. tax scam where 83% of the benefits went to the wealthiest 1% so they could subsidize the lifestyles of the rich and shameless. a big difference between democrats and republicans. the build back better act will
invest in the creation of millions of good-paying jobs. cut taxes for working families. and lower childcare costs, housing costs, education costs, and drive down the high cost of lifesaving prescription drugs. the build back better act will invest in a green economy, a sustainable economy. a resilient economy, and lower energy costs for everyday americans. the build back better act will create an economy that works for every single american. creating opportunity and prosperity in every single zip code. thank you, president biden, for your extraordinary leadership. democrats don't talk about it, we are about it. and because we are going to build back better for the people here in america, the best is yet to come. the speaker pro tempore: the
gentleman from kentucky reserves. the gentleman from missouri is recognized. mr. smith: thank you, madam speaker. madam speaker, i'd like to read a quote of a senator who happens to be the budget chair on the other side of the aisle. he's quoted, you can't be a political party that talks about demanding the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes and then end up with a bill that gives large tax breaks to many millionaires. said senator bernie sanders. you can't do that. the hypocrisy is too strong. i agree with senator bernie sanders. this bill, the hypocrisy is way too strong. i yield one minute to the great the gentleman from north carolina. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. >> i thank my friend. madam speaker, the 2,000-plus page bill before us today has countless provision that is are going to substantially increase the debt and incentivize even more people not to work and hike the taxes of the very ones who
create the jobs. it levees more than $400 billion in tax hikes on small businesses. it includes a $1.2 trillion made in america tax that is going to do nothing but send jobs overseas. it spends nearly $80 million billion so the i.r.s. can go after the average taxpayer and snoop around frur bank k it eliminates work requirements for welfare when we have 10. had stsh -- 10.4 million jobs available. disincentivizes the innovation necessary to discover cures. it hinders domestic energy production and even imposes a tax on natural gas. mr. rouzer: should this monstrosity become law, it will hurt the economy, drive up the debt, and increase inflation even more. all of which means the standard of living for each and every american is going to decline. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from missouri reserves. the the gentleman from kentucky is recognized. mr. yarmuth: madam speaker, virtually every republican who
comes to the microphone today will say this is an inflationary bill. we know that. they have said that time after time after time. unfortunately, the experts disagree. 17 nobel economists have written a letter stating that they believe this is over the long term will ease inflationary pressures and former treasury secretary larry summers, who is as much of an inflaition hawk -- inflation hawk as there is in this country said just last week, i'm for build back better. i'm for it because of what it will do for the environment. i'm for it because of what it will do for society. i don't think it's going to have meaningful impact on inflation. it spends less money over 10 years than we spent just last year. its spending is largely offset by tax increases. and it includes measures that will actually increase supply. from former secretary of the treasury, larry summers. now i'm happy to yield one minute to the gentleman from michigan, distinguished member of the budget committee, mr. kildee. the speaker pro tempore: the
gentleman from michigan is recognized. mr. kildee: thank you, madam speaker. i thank the chairman for yielding and for his work on this important piece of legislation. with the build back better budget, we help lower costs for the working families that i represent. we lower he health care costs -- we lower health care costs by allowing medicare to negotiate the price of drugs like insulin, lowering out-of-pocket costs for those families back home that i represent. it will lower childcare costs by ensuring universal preschool for all 3 and 4-year-olds. and expanding the child tax credit, which is a monthly tax cut helping working families with children pay for groceries, for school supplies. take care of their monthly mortgage payments. this build back better budget isn't free. it's fully paid for. it's paid for by making
corporations and the wealthiest americans finally step up and begin to pay their fair share. today democrats are delivering on this important legislation to cut taxes, to lower costs for working americans and for those middle class families that i represent. madam speaker, i yield back. mr. yarmuth: reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kentucky reserves. the gentleman from missouri is recognized. mr. smith: thank you, madam speaker. only in this chamber will you hear people say that if you spend trillions more dollars, it will only make inflation go down. the american people aren't that stupid. with that i would love to yield one minute to the fine the gentleman from new york. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized. >> thank you, madam speaker. thank you, my friend. i rise in strong opposition to this so-called reconciliation bill. this build back better bill is nothing more than a sham. to push far radical groggive policies on america.
policies that america doesn't want or need. this will be the largest spending bill in our nation's history. the largest tax increase in our nation's history. and it's going to fall on the backs of middle income and low-income families. for what? a massive government takeover. 150 new programs when we can't even work the programs we have now well. it would grant amnesty to seven million illegal immigrants and put billions into the green new deal. how do they plan to pay nor it? weaponizing the i.r.s. to go after small businesses and families. . the socialist spending spree is bad for long island, bad for the nation and i urge my colleagues to vote against it. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from missouri reserves. the gentleman from kentucky is
recognized. mr. yarmuth: that's another we'll hear throughout the day, these are socialist programs. just as we heard last week that building infrastructure in this country was a socialist activity and now childcare is socialist, caring for our seniors is socialist, dealing with climate change is socialist. i'd like to get a definition from my republican colleagues about what socialism is, because the american people see this very differently and virtually every poll on this piece of legislation has showed overwhelming support for each of the elements that we are proposing. with that, i'm proud to yield one minute and 30 seconds to the gentlelady from texas, a distinguished member of the budget committee, ms. jackson lee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from texas is recognized. ms. jackson lee: thank you for your great leadership. this bill is about people, people who are working, people who need help. it is about people, the american people. i am very happy that this bill really focuses on the needs of people in texas.
in texas, people are paying $9,428,000,000 for a family -- for a toddler, but we are now going to provide them with childcare for 3 and 4-year-olds and free childcare. we are going to provide it for two million-plus children in the state of texas. we are in essence going to make sure that these children are learning. you want to ask about inflation. that's corporate greed. you know when they raise the price of goods, it's inflation. economists know that's not going to exist because we are putting money in the pockets of working men and women. giving them a child tax cut. we're also providing students to be able to go to community college, hbcu's, four-year colleges with $450 in pell grants. that's what this bill is about, helping people, helping people with their childcare, helping people go to school. it's also about making sure that the hungry children in texas are
able to eat. 1,642,000 students will be able to receive food. that's what this is about, put money where people are having the needs. making sure uninsured people, 756,000 people in texas without insurance suffering through the pandemic now have insurance. and we know there's been an increase in violence. 2.5 billion dollars in preventing violence. this is about people, people who have housing -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. ms. jackson lee: vote for the build back better act. thank you, president biden. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kentucky reserves. the chair will receive a message. the messenger: madam speaker, a message from the president of the united states. the secretary: madam speaker. the speaker pro tempore: mr. secretary. the secretary: i'm directed by the president of the united states to deliver to the house of representatives a message in writing. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman
from missouri. mr. smith: thank you, madam speaker. madam speaker, as the lady from texas said, this helps a lot of people, especially if you're a millionaire. that is why it's the second largest provision in this bill is tax breaks for millionaires. in fact, senator tester from montana is quoted. he's not a big fan because i think it gives tax breaks to the wrong people. rich people. that's a democrat senator from montana. with that, i'm happy to yield one minute to the fine gentleman from new york. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized. >> thank you, madam speaker. democrats claim their bill will cost $1.7 trillion. that number by itself should cause alarm. but this number is reached through budget gimmicks. if democrats succeed in making the provisions of this bill permanent, as they have publicly said they intend to do, then the cost will be much, much higher.
the wharton budget model estimates total spending for this bill already $4.6 trillion over 10 years if the provisions are made permanent. mr. jacobs: the committee for responsible budget estimates the cost at $4.9 trillion. if democrats are going to spend this kind of money, they should at least be honest about the true cost to the american people. i urge my colleagues to reject this reckless spending. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from missouri reserves. the gentleman from kentucky is recognized. mr. yarmuth: madam speaker, i now yield one minute to the gentleman from new york, a distinguished member of the budget committee, mr. morrelle. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. morrelle: thank you, madam speaker. i thank the distinguished chair of the budget committee. the build back better act is an historic opportunity to reduce our nation's health care costs, increase access to childcare, support working families and strengthen our economy. one item eyed' like to -- i'd like to highlight is boosting
regional innovation. i've proudly sponsored the innovation centers acceleration act, one that would invest dollars in our nation's innovation dollars. r&d has fallen considerably since the mid-1960's, harming our xet tift -- competitiveness. i'm proud this bill includes $3.36 billion to create the regional innovation clusters envisioned in my proposal. not only will this investment enhance our ability to be competitive but it will create jobs when it's needed the most. i encourage my colleagues to join me in proudly advancing this historic legislation and look forward to its passage. thank you, madam speaker. i yield back. mr. yarmuth: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kentucky reserves. the gentleman from missouri is recognized. mr. smith: thank you, madam speaker. i appreciate the comments of the gentleman from new york, but i would just like to point out in his home state, a family of four with two children under 6, in just over a year, will face more
than a $3,200 tax increase. but yet, a millionaire in his state, for the next 10 years, will receive a tax break of over $25,000 a year. happy to yield 1 1/2 minutes to the fine gentleman from georgia. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. carter: thank you, madam speaker. i thank the gentleman for yielding. i thank him for his leadership. it is extremely important. madam speaker, i rise today in addiments opposition -- adament opposition to what is -- addiments opposition to what is a disastrous package. this may be one of the most consequential votes that any of us, any of us have ever taken on this house floor. yet, it was never, never went through the proper process. it never received the proper consideration in this body demands of any piece of
legislation. the least of which would be one of the most consequential pieces of legislation that we've ever considered. i'm sure most members on both sides of the aisle, they have no idea what's actually in this bill. has anybody, any member actually read this bill? anybody? my colleagues across the aisle are attempting to pass the most expensive bill, the most expensive bill, not by a little bit, by a lot. it is -- yes, it is the most expensive bill by a lot that has ever been passed in american history. it's got the largest tax increase ever considered, the biggest expansion of government in a generation. all while they have the slimmest of majorities. this is not a mandate. and look what's going on. look what's happening here. the american people are rejecting this. you saw what happened in virginia. you see what's happening now. we got all these things going on. the speaker pro tempore: the
gentleman's time has expired. mr. smith: i'll yield 30 seconds to the gentleman from georgia. mr. carter: americans are told they shouldn't have a say in their children's education. they watched as americans were abandoned behind enemy lines in afghanistan. they see the crisis at the border. they go to the gas station. they see an increase in gasoline prices. they see increases at the grocery store. and this legislation makes it worse. this legislation pours fuel on the fire. madam speaker, i sincerely urge all of my colleagues to oppose this misguided and profoundly consequential bill. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from missouri reserves. the gentleman from kentucky is recognized. mr. yarmuth: madam speaker, i yield one minute to the gentlelady from minnesota, a distinguished member of the agriculture committee, ms. craig. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from minnesota is recognized. ms. craig: thank you so much, madam speaker. the build back better act follows through on our commitment to expand access and
lower the cost of health care. for americans across this country and back home in minnesota. included in this bill are the most far-reaching and impactful prescription drug reforms to pass this congress in my lifetime. not only will medicare have the power to negotiate the prices of critical drugs for america's seniors, we are installing annual caps for medicare recipients. capping the cost of insulin at $35 a month. we have designed a package that would lower out-of-pocket health care costs for hardworking americans by strengthening the a.c.a., extending the premium tax credits for millions of families nationwide. this is our chance to make good on our promise, to deliver a real immediate impact that will lower the cost of health care, to make it more affordable, more accessible for every person across this country.
i, for one, could not be more proud, and i encourage my colleagues. thank you. i yield. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kentucky reserves. yar rar we reserve -- mr. yarmuth: we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from missouri is recognized. mr. smith: thank you, madam speaker. i yield 1 1/2 minutes to the good lady from the great state of north carolina. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from north carolina is recognized. ms. foxx: thank you, madam speaker. i thank the gentleman for yielding. democrats' spending bill is not about building back better. it's about building up a bureaucracy that will expand the reach of the federal government, especially over education. this bill will impose federal control over pre-k, limit parental choice, increase the cost of childcare, punish job creators, reward far-left special interests, and deepen our debt crisis. this bill recklessly sets aside $400 billion for universal pre-k and childcare, but in reality, there's no telling how much this
provision will cost the american people. subsidizing the childcare wealthy family isn't building back better. it's building back bankrupt. this legislation is wrong for our country and wrong for our children. education is best when run locally and when parents are involved. the bill also includes dangerous provisions from the pro-union bosses act, which kneecap business owners while putting a target on job creators' backs with outrageously inflated labor department fines. democrats keep saying this legislation is transformational. well, let me tell them something. the american people do not want this country to be transformed in the way they want to transform it. it's time to make protecting the future of this nation, our children a priority, not empowering teachers unions, burdening job creators, or --
the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. ms. foxx: unelected, unaccountable washington bureaucrats. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from missouri reserves. the gentleman from kentucky is recognized. mr. yarmuth: madam speaker, i'm happy to yield one minute to the gentlelady from california, a distinguished member of the budget committee, ms. chu. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from california is recognized. ms. chu: i rise today in strong support of the transformational build back better act and the investments it will make in our economy to help working families in our country. i'm proud that after months of compromise and negotiation we have a bill today that is certain to make a difference in the lives of so many while growing our economy and confronting the climate crisis. by extending the child tax cut, making childcare affordable and lowering drug prices, we are giving families more money in their pockets. we are also ensuring four weeks of paid leave for all workers so
that nobody has to lose their job in order to take care of themselves or loved ones, something so many families have struggled with this pandemic. and all these investments are completely paid for by ensuring that billionaires and corporations pay their fair share. those who get rich off the backs of working families need to pay their fair share and support them. i yield back. mr. yarmuth: reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kentucky reserves. the gentleman from missouri is recognized. mr. smith: thank you, madam speaker. i'm happy to yield two minutes to the gentlelady from colorado, someone a warrior, a fighter for conservatism and apparently even the budget chairman is threatened by her. happy to yield two minutes to mrs. boebert. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from colorado is recognized. mrs. boebert: thank you, madam speaker. thank you to my friend and the ranking member on the budget committee who has done an excellent job exposing these terrible schemes to the american people this congress.
madam speaker, america does not need and cannot afford this junk. america doesn't need 80,000 new i.r.s. agents snooping in our private transactions. these are politically weaponized bureaucrat bullies that we are looking to hire more of. america cannot afford $1.5 trillion in new taxes while federal bureaucrats haul off and spend $4.1 billion on electric bicycles. do they realize that this will use more fossil fuels, more petroleum products to create electric bicycles that a conventional bicycle? i don't think so. i think they lost their ever-loving minds. $7.8 billion for environmental justice going towards woke universities. $100 billion for amnesty work-arounds at our southern bored -- as our southern border is completely invaded by nearly
two million illegal aliens, many of them criminal aliens. there's $550 billion for green new deal policies, and tax breaks so congressional members from the bronx can afford a new tesla. biden's brokeback budget has another $330 billion to incentivize workers to stay home. news flash to the party of wealthy cities and wealthy elites -- we have a worker shortage right now in america. we have an inflation crisis. this will only make things worse, much worse, not better. but let me guess. when things do get worse, as they inevitably will, we'll need to re-elect y'all's sorry selves so you can fix it? no, thanks. i'll pass. i'll vote no on this monstrosity of a spending bill.
i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: members are reminded to direct their remarks to the chair. the gentleman from missouri reserves. the gentleman from kentucky is recognized. . mr. yarmuth: aim hope to yield one minute to the gentleman from texas, mr. doggett. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas virginia tech. mr. doggett: this bill offers childcare, educational opportunities from pre-k to post grad. and the first belated substantial response to the climate crisis. my top health care priority, providing assistance to two million texans out of six million americans who were denied health care by a sorry republican governors, families left out and left behind can finally see a neam physician -- family physician. for my bill to strengthen medicare, we cover hearing care. important to reducing depression and dementia. had we overcome big pharma's stranglehold over this congress we could have delivered much more. savings for meaningful drug price negotiations could finance
vision and dental. without further biden administration action, most americans will still be victims of prescription price gouging. while so much remains to be done, this historic legislation offers real hope and opportunity. reducing inequities and lifting up those too often forgotten. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kentucky reserves. the gentleman from missouri is recognized. mr. smith: madam speaker, i would like to yield 1 1/2 minutes to the fine the gentleman from wisconsin. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from wisconsin is recognized. mr. grothman: i think i can find something i agree with some of my democrat colleagues on. this bill is a transformational bill. it's a bill made up by people who think america's fundamentally broken and we have to make big changes. that's what we are going to get. i'll focus on five areas. one, illegal immigration. under this bill we are adding no new border patrol agents, but we are making it more difficult to
deport people who committed serious crimes here. we are using an additional care to get people here and giving away free college to match the free health care we are already giving. one way this bill will transform america is you get a lot more legal immigrants and since yesterday for the first time we topped 100,000 illegal drug deaths in this country. i think this bill assure that numbers continues to go up. secondly, i always felt the biggest problem in america right now is an out-of-control welfare system that destroys families. that system becomes more generous in this bill. be it much more low-income housing or earned income tax credit provision that increases the mairn penalty. or pell grants. in any event, this is a transformative bill. and i strongly wish my colleagues would vote against it. mr. yarmuth: may i yield one minute and 30 seconds to the gentlelady from california, the distinguished chair of the financial services committee, ms. waters.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from california is recognized. ms. waters: thank you very much. i thank chairman yarmuth for his hard work. madam speaker, i rise in support of the build back better act which will make historic investments across the country. we are in the middle of a housing crisis and i have worked hard for funding to assist this crisis that we have in housing. as chairwoman of the financial services committee, i have considered this my responsibility. it is not lost on me that more than 580,000 people experience homelessness on any given night and millions of families are at this very moment sacrificing their next meal to pay the rent. and more have been kept out of their dream of home ownership. with more than $151 billion for housing in this bill, democrats are helping families achieve housing stability and housing affordability, housing is infrastructure. the build back better act provides the largest investment in america's housing
infrastructure in history. this investment is critical to creating a fair and equitable nation where everyone is thrive. as this bill goes to the senate, in it we have $10 billion for first generation home buyers. we have $25 billion in section 8 rental assistance. we have $25 billion in home program. and cdbg and housing trust fund to build more affordable units. so i would ask for support of this very significant legislation. it is, indeed, a game changer. i urge my colleagues to vote yes on the build back better act. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kentucky reserves. the gentleman from missouri is recognized. mr. smith: thank you, madam speaker. as the lady from california said, there is $150 billion in this program for housing assistance. what's unfortunate that she didn't share is that it also allows felons of domestic
violence to get those grants. which is unacceptable. with that i would be happy to give one minute to the great the gentleman from virginia. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from virginia is recognized. >> thank you, madam speaker. i thank the gentleman for yielding. inflation rates at a 30-year high, gas prices at 61% last year. why? according to joe biden because of the american rescue plan that this body passed in the spring. mr. cline: no less than the president himself said, you got checks but what happens if there is nothing to buy and you got more money to compete for goods? creates a real problem. yes, mr. president. it creates a real problem and now you are trying to double down with this broke back better bill. what does it do? it further harms the economy with $4.5 trillion in new spending. $1.5 trillion in new taxes. $3 trillion in new debt. it benefits the wealthy with a salt tax cut of $25,000 for millionaires. electric vehicle subsidies for couples making $500,000 a year. and government funded paid leave
for millionaires t builds a bureaucracy with 150 new government programs, props up the green new deal, and weaponnizes the i.r.s. this is the wrong plan for the american people and i urge my colleagues to vote no. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from movement reserves. the gentleman from -- the gentleman from missouri reserves. the gentleman from kentucky is recognized. mr. yarmuth: i yield one minute to the gentlelady from washington, a distinguished member of the budget committee, ms. jayapal. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from washington is recognized. ms. jayapal: thank you, madam speaker. this is an incredible day. the house will pass the build back better act, president biden's popular and necessary agenda and say to americans everywhere, we've got your back. today we say to families everywhere that we will cut your childcare costs in half and provide universal pre-k to 3 and 4-year-olds. today we are finally going to take on big pharma. cut the cost of prescription drugs. and make sure that people can afford the cost of insulin. this bill makes the biggest
federal investment in housing in our history and allows america to truly lead on taking on climate change with half a trillion dollars investment and 40% of those funds going to communities that most disproportionately burdened by the effects of climate change. for the first time in 35 years, we say to immigrants, you are truly essential not expendable. and we will protect dreamers, t.p.s. holders, essential workers, and farm workers. thank you, president biden, for your leadership. we will provide transformative change for people across america and invest in our competitiveness, our thriving not surviving -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. mr. yarmuth: reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kentucky reserves. the gentleman from missouri is recognized. mr. smith: thank you, madam speaker. i would like to read a quote from the congressman from maine, democrat congressman from maine, talking about the huge tax break
for the millionaires. he says, the fact that more people in organizations on the democratic side aren't up in arms about this is wild. i'm surprised with loot of my colleagues on the other side who want to help working class americans are going to be supporting a bill that helps wealthy americans. with that i'm happy to yield 1 1/2 minutes to my good friend in virginia. >> thank you, ranking member smith. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from virginia is recognized. >> thank you, madam chair. the voters of virginia sent a message two weeks ago because they were scared to death of the continuation of these radical biden policies, the radical policies of governor northam in virginia, scared to death of the continuation of that that was represented by the potential election of terry mcawe live. mr. good: to -- did the democrat majority hear that message? no. while we have $30 trillion of debt now when this phony
infrastructure bill is implemented that was passed two weeks ago, with that we'll have $30 trillion in debt which equates to $90,000 per american. for my friends across the aisle economically illiterate and are not good at math, the $30 trillion worth of debt is a three with 13 zeros. don't tell them what comes after a trillion. it's not just the spending for this two trillion for four trillion. they don't know what it will cost because we don't have a score. it's 150 new programs. it's growing the welfare state. trying to get more people dependent on the democrats. massive amnesty for tens of millions of illegal aliens in our country. hundreds of millions of doll -- hundreds of billions of dollars for the green new deal. this is the bernie d.a.o.c. budget. forcing us into electric vehicles t will increase eu filth gas and fuel prices. it will increase inflation as we continue to have too many dollars facing too few supplies. too few goods. too few services as a result of
their policies. they are tone deaf economically. they want to bankrupt the future of our country with this massive and continued spending. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from missouri reserves. the gentleman from kentucky is recognized. yarmuth: i'm happy to yield one minute to the gentlelady from new york, distinguished chair of the small business committee, ms. velazquez. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. ms. velazquez: thank you, madam speaker. thank you to the chairman. i rise in strong support of this legislation because working families deserve a government that will make their lives better. first off, to build back better we must invest in our nation's entrepreneurs. that is exactly what this bill does. it will make a $5 billion increasement in s.b.a. programs that go beyond recovery and provide transformative long-term solutions and economic stimulus. it will create millions of new jobs on top of the millions
already added under the biden administration. this legislation also includes the largest single one-time investment ever made to h.u.d. public housing capital fund. it will go a long way to clearing the backlog of repairs around the country. this bill also creates universal pre-k, extend the child tax credit, and finally mandate high parental leave. on climate we are including a focus on environmental justice and frontline communities like those i represent. now this bill does not include everything we wanted. i ask for support of this bill. here is what can i guarantee because of this bill -- what i can guarantee. because of this bill millions of working families will see their lives improved by a federal government that we are showing today has their back. while this is not the end of the
fight, it is what progress looks like and that is why i'm proud to vote yes. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kentucky reserves. the gentleman from missouri is recognized. mr. smith: thank you, madam speaker. i yield two minutes to the gentleman from california. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized. >> madam speaker, two weeks ago i led over 200 members of this house in sending a letter to the speaker urging that we not vote on this bill until the c.b.o. had issued a cost score for this bill. yet here we are debating what is likely the largest spending package in the history of this country paired with the largest tax increase in the history of this country. mr. obernolte: i say likely because we don't know what the bill will cost. apparently we are supposed to pass the bill before we are allowed to know what it cost. madam speaker, that's crazy. here's why that matters. our national debt right now stands at about $29 trillion. although we don't have a c.b.o. score, what we do have is an
analysis by the wharton school at the university of pennsylvania which says that this bill will add $300 billion to that debt at least. that's if all of the programs in this bill sunset on time, which we know is not going to happen. further, the analysis says if they don't sunset this bill could add $2.5 trillion to our national debt. madam speaker, here's the real tragedy. we run about a $2 trillion deficit this year. even in a good year it will be over $1 trillion. the tax increases alone in this bill would almost get us to balancing the federal budget. which would allow us to avoid leaving a legacy of debt to our children and grandchildren. madam speaker, this bill is bad for our country. it's bad for our economy. i urge a no vote. . the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from kentucky is
recognized. mr. yarmuth: i yield to the gentlewoman from new mexico, ms. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. leger fernandez: our community shouldn't have to choose between paying their medical bills and paying for groceries. parents want to go to work knowing their kids are being taken care of and knowing their kids are learning. because when kids are learn, parents are earning. parents want to know their kids, grandkids and their grandkids will inherit this beautiful place we call home this planet, still beautiful. they want the build back better act because it delivers those opportunities. so many americans, especially our latino and native american communities, suffer from diabetes. with build back better no one will have to pay more than $35 a month for insulin. this is life-saving. big pharma shouldn't make excessive profits off the pain of americans. we are delivering for americans and it's fully paid for by
taxing the rich and big corporations. i urge my colleagues to deliver build back better for our hardworking immigrants, for all of our communities. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kentucky reserves. the gentleman from missouri is recognized. mr. smith: i'd like to ask unanimous consent to insert into the record this document from the committee for a responsible federal budget that shows the true cost of the intil over $4 trillion. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. smith: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kentucky is recognized. mr. yarmuth: i now yield one minute to the gentlelady from illinois, the dis-- a distinguished member of the budget committee, ms. schakowsky. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from illinois is recognized. ms. schakowsky: thank you so much, madam speaker. i stand today and rise in the strongest support for the build
back better act, the most transformational investment in everyday americans in generations. i rise in support of the largest effort to combat climate change in american history. i rise in support of the largest expansion of the -- of affordable health care, health coverage for americans as well as the highest investment in housing. i rise in support of women who will be able to go back to work because they'll have child care and their children who will be able to have universal preschool. i rise in support of the american people who have been waiting for too long for home care, the seniors, who will be able -- and the workers who will be able to see an increase in wages. i'm so proud to stand today for the american people, the middle class, who has been waiting so long for finally getting to see
the build back better act. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kentucky reserves. the gentleman from missouri is recognized. mr. smith: thank you, madam speaker. i appreciate the gentlelady from illinois and i remind her that government spending is already helping fuel an inflation fire that is on pace to raise prices at the fastest rate in 40 years. and in her home state of illinois, food prices currently are up 8%, cleating is up 9%, and gas lean prices are up 62%. i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from missouri reserves. the gentleman from kentucky is recognizeed. mr. yarmuth: i'm happy to yield one minute to the gentlelady from virginia, a distinguished member of the budget committee, ms. wexton. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from virginia is recognized. ms. wexton: i rise in support of the build back better act to deliver on the promises we have made to the american people. this bill is about families and
fairness. even before the pandemic parents in virginia and across the country have been weighed down by the cost of raising their kids, caring for elerly parents and providing for their families. the build back better act will lighten that burden. the investments we're making with this bill universal pre-k, affordable child care and proker prices for health care and prescription drugs will bring prices down and set our children up for a bright future. it will take long overdue action to tack they will cry klee mat crisis and create a clean energy future for our kids while creating millions of manufacturing jobs in the process. we have a once in a generation change to improve tremendous lives of our families and keep america on the path to a strong and full recovery. i urge my colleagues to support passage they have build back better act and yield back the plans of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kentucky reserves.
the gentleman from missouri is recognized. mr. smith: since joe biden became president on january 20, the policy he is did by executive order in his first week in office, has created an incredibly awful border crisis. unfortunately, 1.4 million people have illegally crossed the southern border since joe biden has taken office. and what does this legislation do? this legislation will only make it worse. by providing over $100 billion in this legislation for back door amnesty. this bill also provides roughly $45,000 of benefits to illegals over u.s. citizens. that's unacceptable. the american people are opposed to that. and they are not liking it. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from missouri reserves. the gentleman from kentucky recognized.
mr. yarmuth: i yield to the gentlelady from florida, ms. wasserman schultz. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. wasserman schultz: thank you, madam speaker, and i thank the gentleman for yielding. i proudly rise to support the largest investment in america's working families, human safety net since f.d.r.'s new deal. for families struggling to find affordable pre-k programs the build back better act has your back. we deliver real help and support including paid family leave and child tax credit extension that cuts child poverty in half and puts money in parent's pockets each month. it helps seniors pay for home care, hearing aids and prescription disallowing me care to negotiate lower drug prices. it also seriously tackles climate change by moving us toward our 2030 emissions reduction goals and does it by proviewsing high-paying, green union job. for veterans it invests in aging v. ample hops an ensures we better serve those who so
bravely served. build back better makes sure corporations and america's wealthiest pay their fair share. paired with the bipartisan infrastructure bill both bill will make life a lot better for all americans especially in florida. let's build back better now and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kentucky reserves. the gentleman from missouri is recognized. mr. smith: i yield one and a half minutes to the gentlelady from new york. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. >> thank you, madam speaker. i never thought in the united states congress, the home of the freeing of the brave, of those taxpayers that work hard every day, and entrust us to spend their money wisely, that we would see a spending bill this magnitude that would saddle the future children with debt. the intrusion in this bill. the government control. the debt, the tax, the mandates, the disincentivizing of work and production that will continue to lead to more labor shortage that
will lead to supply chain issues and make things worse. what's even worse in all of that is the name of the bill. that the people in this congress are trying to fool the american people by calling it a build p back better bill. ms. mall io tau kiss: -- ms. malliotakis: when we talk about putting americans first, what does this bill do? $100 billion is going to go to amnesty and benefits for those entering the country illegally at a time when we are seeing a rise in fentanyl deaths due to what's crossing over our border, child traffic, sex trafficking. then look at big brother, the government intrusion part of the bill. to double the number of i.r.s. agent, go after americans, to spy on their bank accounts. the crushing energy implications of this bill at a time when we are seeing a record cost increase on gas prices, on
electricity, on heat. when we are about to face the most expensive holiday season as a result. mr. smith: i yield 30 seconds to the gentlelady. ms. malliotakis: in addition to that, the taxes, the mandays. where are my moderate friends on the other side of the aisle who commit to vote against this bill unless there was a c.b.o. score? you have been -- you've been untruthful with the american people and they will not forget what is occurring here today. do not destroy the very country that my parents came here to pursue the american dream. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from missouri reserves. the gentleman from kentucky is recognized. mr. yarmuth: i yield one minute to the gentleman from texas, a distinguished member of the financial services committee, mr. green. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. green: i thank the gentleman for the time. madam speaker, because i have a
heart, because i have a heart i will vote for universal pre-k. i've been to the classrooms and i've seen those babies, bright eyes, eager to learn, and i've also understood while i was there that there were other children who wouldn't have that benefit. they would get a late start while others are getting a head start. this universal pre-k will give the same start to all of these children. i'm voting for the future because i have a heart. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from missouri. the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from kentucky. mr. yarmuth: i yield one minute to the gentlelady from california, a distinguished member they have budget committee, ms. lee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. lee: i rise in strong support of the build back better bill. i thank chairman yarmuth, the
speaker, as well as the committee chairs who worked to craft this transformative legislation that makes bold investments in our people, reduces inflation and will deliver real improvements in their lives. it will address the acute housing crisis if my community and throughout the country. it includes wildfire prevention, conservation efforts and climate change research to curb the climate crisis. the child tax credit, paid family leave, child nutrition programs, expanding access to child care for working and low income families. home care for elders. all of these investments and more will help reduce poverty and allow women to get back into the paid work force. it will help build rewarding careers to create jobs through work force development, funding for underscerved pop sigs -- populations including returning citizens. passing this bill is a moral imperative, especially for children, women, seniors and people of color that was been disproportionately impacted by this pandemic and continue to be
sidelined due to systemic racial and economic inequality. i urge a yes vote and yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kentucky reserves. the gentleman from missouri. mr. smith: reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kentucky. mr. yarmuth: i yield one minute to the gentlelady from ohio, a distinguished member of the committee, mrs. beatty. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. mrs. beatty: i rise today in support of this transformative and once-in-a-generation opportunity to deliver for the american public in a way we've never seen before. to my colleagues, it's paid for. the build back better act will create more than two million jobs each year over the next course of a decade. its will also -- it will also ensure universal pre-x and help lift thousands of children out of poverty. democrats and republicans, america listen to me, we need to make sure that everyone supports
this and people who do not support build back better, there should be consequences. because this is the largest investment the tissue to combat the climate crisis in history. it includes historical investments in lbcu's, it incleudz $150 billion in our nation's housing infrastructure. this bill is a win for all. do not be fooled. we have worked hard and this bill is for democrats and it is for republicans. and people who do not vote for this do not believe in america. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kentucky reserves. the gentleman from missouri. mr. smith: i hear all the time in this chamber people say it's for the children. or it's for the kids. what hogwash from the other side to say that this bill helps the children with the child tax credit. your child tax credit is for one year but your tax break for millionaires is for 10. you're spending $250 billion in
a tax break for millionaires and $130 billion for one year for families. i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from missouri reserves. the gentleman vie minded to direct his comments to the chair. mr. yarmuth: may i inquire how much time is remaining. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kentucky has 3 1/2 minutes. the gentleman from missouri has 30 seconds. mr. yarmuth: i yield one minute to the gentleman from ohio a distinguished member of the appropriations committee, mr. ryan. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognizeed. mr. ryan: thank you. mr. ryan: this is a wonderful place. our child tax credit is one year more than your child tax credit. we didn't want it this year. we'll do one next year. we'll keep going. i love this place. guys get wrapped around like a pretzel in this place. if this is a football game, let me be clear, i'm against any tax cut for the wealthy.
this is an investment in working class people whether they are white or black or brown. but when i listen to the other side, i hear somebody who, if this was a football game, i would go back and say i want a review. i want a review of the play. i want to pull up the c-span video of all the republicans at the rose garden touting a big tax cut for the top 1% that blew a $1 trillion hole in the economy. this place is ridiculous. let's invest in the people. let's not cut taxes for rich people. and we got a new name for the g.o.p., the grand old phonies. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: members are reminded to direct -- members on both sides are reminded to direct their comments to the chair. the gentleman from kentucky. mr. yarmuth: mr. speaker, i have no further speakers. if the ranking member is prepared to close. i'm prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from missouri. mr. smith: thank you. less than one third of this
budget bill is scored. less than one third. what we do know is that it will not be fully paid for. over the next five years it will add roughly $800 billion to debt. we do know that. this bill only bankrupts the economy. it benefits your wealthy political friends, allies, and donors. it only builds the washington machine. if working class americans are considered millionaires, then this bill is helping them because it's all about the millionaires. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from kentucky mr. yarmuth: mr. speaker, i yield myself the balance of our time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman virginia tech. mr. yarmuth: mr. speaker -- the gentleman is recognized. mr. yarmuth: mr. speaker, we have gone back and forth for months now. my republican friends said they haven't read the bill. the bill was reported out on september 25. there have been 180 hours of debate on this bill before today. if they can't read the bill in
two months, they have another problem. at the end of the day it's clear this has not been a fair debate. on the one side you have house republicans. on the other you have myself and democratic colleagues, 17 nobel winning economists, former treasury secretaries, scores of other economists and experts, and most importantly the overwhelming majority of the american people. this hasn't been an honest debate, either. democrats have a plan to serve the american people, republicans have an agenda to stop democrats, period. you know my friend from ohio just had another description of g.o.p., i don't think it should be g.o.p. at all. i think it should be n.o.p., the not our problem party. if it's health care, it's not our problem. dealing with climate change? not our problem. dealing with education. not our problem. dealing with seniors. not our problem. dealing with childcare not our
problem. affording -- affording college, not our problem. democrats see the important challenges facing the american people and we are dealing with them. it's time to close the curtain on the republican charade and do our jobs. i urge my colleagues to vote yes and send to the senate the most transformative legislation for america and american families in a century. with that, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts , mr. neal, and the gentleman from texas , mr. braidy, each control 30 minutes. the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. neal: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself four minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. neal: mr. speaker, i stand today in strong support of the build back better act and its implications. i'm really proud of the substantive contributions that the ways and means committee
once again has made to this monumental initiative. with these provisions, we will make transformational investments in families, workers, and the fight against climate change. getting to this point certainly has not been fast or has it been easy. some might say it's been quite challenging. but that's what democracy looks like. and it frequently is noisy. we have examined these issues. we have had thoughtful, spirited debate in the committee. and we have refined our proposals. since 2019, the ways and means committee has held over 40 hearings related to topics addressed by these provisions. and we have heard out the stakeholders from virtually every perspective. over the course of 40 hours of committee markup, we thoroughly debated this package and considered 40 amendments from the republican members.
in the three months since we passed our historic package out of the committee, we have refined our policies further and made hard compromises in the interest of accomplishing really fine things for the american people. that is how legislation is developed and it's not based on whim. there is not enough time to detail every policy in this legislation, but let me highlight just a few that will be particularly well received by the american people. and i'm really proud of these proposals. first and foremost, we fought hard to include a universal paid family and medical leave provision to finally put an end to workers' impossible choice between providing for their family and caring for them. we also invest in making health care more affordable by what is rapidly becoming a very popular initiative, called the affordable care act. with these premium subdiswe enhance those opportunities. they were approved in the
american rescue plan earlier this year. we close the medicaid coverage gap which will allow four million uninsured americans to gain access to coverage. let me say something as well, mr. speaker. everybody in sepulveda pass has -- everybody in massachusetts has helped. 98% of the adults are covered in the state. and it polls really well. i'm very proud of these investments we make here in supporting this development and deployment of green energy. i want to acknowledge two members in particular, mr. thompson and mr. blumenauer, for the role that they played. our green tax policies put us on the path to a sustainable future. they help cut carbon emissions and create good well-paying jobs across the country. this is an ambitious package, but it makes major investments, emphasis on the word investment, in our economy, workers, and families, but it also responsibly meets the time in which we live. the ways and means committee of which i'm enormously proud we
fully commit the funds that are necessary to pay for these priorities by asking the most powerful amongst us to pay just a modest amount more. the various wealthy individuals will be asked just to contribute again a bit more to our nation. it has provided them with the opportunities to have such substantial success. i urge our colleagues to support this legislation. we will allow for a stronger and better nation to build back better and stronger. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. brady: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. brady: mr. speaker, we meet today to consider the largest spending bill in american history. a bill that no one has read, no one knows its costs, was written in secret, and rushed to the floor to hide it from the american people. we meet in the economic report that shows the american economy essentially stopped growing last quarter. president biden has over 700,000
jobs short of his promises from the last stimulus, has ignored the damaging labor shortage in the fastest rising inflation in 40 years. this is all proof that president biden is bungling the recovery and leaves many americans questioning his confidence. competence. give all that you think the president and congressional democrats would avoid sabotaging america's economy further. that's what this $4 trillion socialist tax and spending binge does. build back better is crippling tax hikes will kill american jobs, drive many of them overseas, hammer small businesses as they struggle to recover, worsen the labor shortage, and drive inflation even higher. yes, president biden is absolutely breaking his pledge to not raise taxes on america's lower and middle income earners. two out of three millionaires will get a tax cut. while the middle class gets a tax hike. both the liberal tax policy center and congress' own
scorekeeper, joint committee on taxation, confirm this. the bill imposes over $400 billion of taxes on america's small businesses, which couldn't come as a worse time. there are $800 billion in tax increases on american businesses who compete both here and around the world. this is an economic surrender. the china rush to japan and europe, driving american jobs in investment and manufacturing jobs overseassments the new corporate minimum tax is a made in america tax. it hits american manufacturing, energy, and technology businesses the hardiers along with american consumers. the international tax increases make it better to be a foreign company or consumer than american one. is it any wonder our foreign competitors are happy to embrace the small global minimum tax? they are getting american jobs and a big bite of our tax base. there is a troubleling new tax that hurts retirement plans. harming workers and seniors the most by punishing businesses that invest in their own stock.
all this while the federal government enjoys record high levels of tax revenue from corporations, small businesses, and high-income earners due to the republican tax cuts in 2017. this $4 trillion socialist tax and spending binge will drive prices up even higher on families and make the damaging labor shortage even worse. as businesses from main street to manufacturing struggle to find workers, democrats change the child tax credit no longer require americans to earn or to work to qualify for monthly checks. experts predict this, along with lavish covid-era affordable care act subsidies could drive up to two million more americans to exit the work force. under their paid leave plan, taxpayers will pay billions of dollars to put washington in charge of your time off while workers struggle with one size fits you will mandates that limit choice for families and crush small businesses. this is crazy, too.
democrats are insisting on giving a huge tax windfall to the wealthy 1% of americans by lifting the reasonable salt cap. their tax agave -- giveaway, a whopping $222 billion. the penthouse gets an object seen tax break, but the building janitor gets nothing. the middle class gets nothing. the 90% of taxpayers who don't itemize their taxes get nothing but higher taxes themselves. where are the priorities? the salt windfall for the wealthy is 50 times larger than apparent from the child tax credit. it gets worse. democrats are spinning away $550 billion in green pork subsidies and the wealthy and the world's biggest corporations. they are forcing taxpayers to send $12,5,000 to a belty family lying -- $12,500 to a family
buying a lucky bill. electric bikes, and subsidies for the media. of course labor unions get a huge haul, including forcing the 90% of americans who don't join a union to subsidize a few who do. while special interests cash in, families don't. did you know this includes a new toddler tax that will force middle class families to pay $13,000 more a year for their childcare. and there are budget gimmicks galore. the cost zero will down in history as one of the biggest whoppers a president has ever told. the two deficit is trillions -- true deficit is trillions of dollars over the decade. one of the budget gimmicks lands on american seniors who won't have affordable generic drugs in the future to choose from. another budget gimmick is super charging the i.r.s. with 80,000 new agents. while democrats will say they walked away from their bank surveillance plan, the white house is, quote, hopeful senators will sneak it back in.
if you are worried about rising prices, shrinking your paychecks, more and more every month, these trillions of new government spending will only make it worse. inflation is killing families. forcing them to effectively pay a second utility bill, a second cell phone bill, or a second cable bill a month. inflation is a tax. and democrats are raising it in this bill. so crippling taxes, driving jobs overseas, making the worker shortage worse and driving prices higher, this is a terrible bill w that i reserve the balance of my time. . the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. neal: let me yield to the gentleman from california, mr. thompson. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. thompson: this is historic legislation, one of the most impact.
measures in my time in congress. it includes the most sweeping and ambitious climate policy, the green act. legislation i was proud to lead with my democratic colleagues on the ways and means committee. it provides four weeks of paid family leave and funds universal pre-k. it extends the child tax credit, a tax cut for working families, that has dramatically reduced child poverty since it was signed into law. this bill makes health care premiums more affordable, provides tax incentives to improve disaster resilience and funds the v.a. so that our veterans get the services that they earn. and this bill is paid for. the investments in this bill are too many to list but it's just that. an investment. this bill will pay dividends for generations and i urge everyone to pass the build back better act. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from massachusetts reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized.
mr. brady: proud to yield one minute to one of our tax lead, the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. kelly. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. kelly: thank you and i thank the gentleman from texas. a lot of us do our own shopping. i know when i go to shop i look at the front of the box and at thebacks to -- at the back to see what's in it. we have here the build back bet every sauce, it's flavored with salt tax, don't worry about your sodium content. what's in there? 150 new government programs. thises a great bargain for the hardworking american taxpayer. they say it's only going to cost you $1.7 trillion, only in washington would they say only. the cost per american $53,000 apiece. $550 billion for the green new deal. $# 0 billion for the wonderful guys in the i. reform s. coming to tear you apart. $7. # billion on environmental
justice. massive subsidies for the wealthy. government paid leave for high-priced c.e.o.'s. subs disfor families. a salt tax break for millionaires and the equity program. who in the world would not buy this package? they will if they turn around and look at the back and understand that it's on sale, right now, in this house for $4 trillion. hurry up, american taxpayers, before we run out of money. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts is recognize. mr. neal: thank you, mr. speaker. let me yield two minutes to the gentlelady from massachusetts, a fellow bay stater, good friend, terrific leader. congresswoman clark. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. clark: thank you, mr. speaker. i want to thank chairman neal for his incredible work putting together this bill and all his leadership and friendship. today we have the build back better agenda before us that was built on conversations that president biden had with the
american people. so we can meet this time of historic challenge for them with historic progress. the build back better act lowers costs and taxes for working families. creates jobs, and puts us on a path toward sustainability. we will provide 26 million children with access to affordable quality child care and universal pre-k. this will let families and especially women in this country get back to work and give all of our kids a great start. we'll build one million units of affordable housing. cut prescription drug costs and cap understand lynn costs. expand health care coverage. extend the historic child tax cut. and invest directly in climate resiliency and clean energy. we declare with this bill that care is economic infrastructure. and send a message to families
and providers both that help is on the way. and all of this is done with a through line of equity. this is what is possible when we put families front and center here in washington. so today, we build back better. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. brady: i'm proud to yield one minute to the gentlelady from indiana, mrs. walorski. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. mrs. walorski: as our nation faces crisis on every front, democrats are focused on grabs more control over american's lives. their big government agenda empowers bureaucrats to take away our constitutional liberties you don't get the vaccine, you get fired. tray to manufacture something in america and you get taxed. you want to know what's being taught in your child's school, you're labeled domestic crist. parents are sounding alarms
about what's being taught in public schools. if you think parents are engaged now, wait until they found out their only option for day care is a government-appointed provider, faith-based day cares disappear with this bill. this really is breaking news. for anybody watching. your faith-based day care is eliminated with this bill. parents, listen up. this isn't a republican or democrat or independent thing. this is an american thing. this is dangerous. it's happening. and a yes vote brings this in. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: members are reminded to direct their comments to the chair. the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. neal: thank you, let me yield one minute to the gentlelady from washington, congresswoman delbene, a terrific member of the ways and means committee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. delbene: i rise in support of the build back better act.
this transformational legislation will help grow our economy, get families back to work and set our next generation up for long-term success. the bill includes a one-year extension of the child tax credit. a historic middle class tax cut for families. it's already lifted 3.5 million children out of poverty. the bill also will help build or preserve over 800,000 affordable housing units over the next decade through an expansion of the low income housing tax credit. ensuring millions "american idols" will have a safe place to call home. they will make child care and health care more affordable and accessible. and making a historic investment in fighting the climate crisis. so i urge my colleagues to vote to build back better and support this legislation. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the
gentlewoman yields. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. brady: proud to yield one minute to the gentleman from illinois, a member of the ways and means committee, mr. lahood. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. lahood: i rise in strong opposition to the build back better agenda. president biden campaigned as a moderate problem solver but governed as a radical progressive. under nearly a year of democrat control in washington, we witnessed devastating consequences, stifling inflation, massive labor shortage a supply chain crisis and a border devastation at our southern border. instead of stepping back and working with republicans to address the real life american issues we are facing, president biden and the democrats are pressing ahead with the most radical legislative agenda in my lifetime. here's what the bill does. raises taxes on illinois farmers. middle income workers around small businesses while subsidizing the wealthiest individuals on the coast. encourages the i.r.s. to snoop on average illinoisans' bank accounts and pushes us to the brink of being becoming a
welfare state. moreover this bill is not paid for as the democrats claim and will only bankrupt our children and grandchildren. this so-called build back better agenda is a bad deal for illinois and american families and i urge my colleagues to vote no. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. neal: let me yield one minute to the gentleman from connecticut, neighbor, friend, and effective member of the ways and means committee. congressman larson. one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognize. mr. larson: thank you, mr. speaker. thank you, chairman neal, for your outstanding leadership. can you feel the love in this room today, can't you? i'll tell you, i got to hand it to you, the vote no and take the doege crowd is -- the dough crowd is pretty good. everyone fights the bill but gets a newsletter out and takes credit. no one voted for the american
rescue plan, yet you took credit for that andsen letters to people about their checks. but that's to be understood. what this bill does is make sure that work fam loins average will get $430 back in their pockets each month. save more than $14,000 a year in child care. and universal pre-k will save families about $# ,600 a year as well. seniors will now have lower prescription drug prices and estimated savings of $900 per year. families in connecticut will no longer be double taxed on state and local taxes. i thank the gentleman. i thank rosa delauro and rich neal for their hard work. the speaker pro tempore: the the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. brady: i'm proud to yield one minute to a member of the ways and means committee, the gentleman from oklahoma, mr. hern. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. hern: today we are a majority vote away from the largest expansion of federal government in the history of this great nation.
ushering in a new era of in-- of dependence on socialized government. we sit at a crossroads between two different directions. free will or government control. honest, hard work or cradle to grave welfare. generational debt or deficit reduction. tax increases or tax reduction. socialism or economic freedom. american energy independence or pro-china green new deal. mass amnesty or a secure border. keep job at home or send them overseas to china. economic growth or economic surrender. the american people or d.c. politicians. history will remember which road we decide to go down. i strongly encourage you to choose wisely and vote no, vote no on the build back broke bill.
i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. neal: let me yield one minute to the gentleman from illinois, mr. davis, who had a substantive impact on the writing of this legislation. one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognize. mr. davis: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise to express my strong support for the build back better act and commend all of those who played a role in making it happen. especially speaker pelosi and chairman of ways and means, richard neill. and all of the ways and means committee members and staff. build back better seriously reduces long standing poverty among children. which children? all children. poor children, black children, brown children. white children. children of disadvantaged families. it reduces poverty for four million children. build back better will provide preschool programs for children of working families across
america. it even provides help for individuals who have got prison records so they can get jobs and go to work. it's good for america. it's good for every community in america. i strongly support it. urge its passage and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. brady: proud to yield one minute to the credit from pennsylvania, mr. meuser. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. meuser: i thank my friend, the esteemed gentleman from texas, very much. mr. speaker, this break business' backs bill is the latest inverted economic agenda ignoring today's problems and doubles down on failed policies. what's in this parking lot san reconciliation bill says more about deems big government agenda than needs of working families and small businesses. it has an $80,000 tax break for
wealthy individuals and $400 billion tax hike on small businesses with a teal of $800 billion in new taxes. that's a fact. it subsidizes green energy but has a new tax on natural gas making heating your home more expensive. it will increase costs on domestic businesses and manufacturers and make products oversmarys attractive. and it's big spending that everyone agrees is not paid for will increase debt to somewhere in the neighborhood of, i don't know, what's the debt ceiling request going to be? 34, 35, 36 trillion dollars on something they said would cost zero? decreases g.d.p., reduces wage growth and drives inflation higher. we need to make our country better, not make government bigger. i yield back. mr. neal: i yield one minute to the gentleman, mr. higgins, for one minute.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognize. mr. higgins: thank you, mr. chairman. for your integrity and studied leadership throughout this process. i'm proud of the legislation we're considering today and the entire house should be as well. over the past two decades we have spent $6 trillion in three middle east wars. today this congress is cementing a commitment to finally nation building at home. in america and for americans. investments in american families to help them become healthier, happier and more productive into and through adulthood. because of this bill the future of my community in western europe will be stronger and more resilient. we're building back better, stronger and longer. this bill reflects our optimism as americans to confront our challenges with strength. i strongly urge my colleagues to support this legislation and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from. mr. brady: i yield to the
gentlemanfrom georgia, mr. ferguson. mr. ferguson: what i want to say about this bill would make me wind up on the prayer list of the church tokes back home. this bill is horrendous for america. most americans want a job and want kids educated and left alone and lead their lives. this bill violates those things. it will rise inflation and people are not economically secure. it is encouraging additional illegal immigration and making our communities less safe. going to destroy private daycare. this bill is going to have the government say where your kids will be educated. why hasn't the majority not learned what happened in the elections few weeks ago. what kind of car you buy, how
you operate your business, americans are sick and tired of this government overreach. 87,000 new i.r.s. agents to spy on americans. in order to pay? this stinks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. neal: i yield one minute to the gentlelady from wisconsin, congresswoman moore, for one minute. ms. moore: thank you, mr. speaker and mr. neal. i'm proud to support the build back better act and still time to pass this legislation that invests in our communities, our workers, our families and children while asking the wealthiest among us who have benefited to pay their fair
share. these investments will lower the cost of child care, which has kept women out of the labor force. and invests in our future work force through our children and helps us tackle the climate crisis and bolsters resilience and creates economic job opportunities and good paying jobs for millions. i could go on and on and on. i want to talk about the millions of people who depend upon insulin. it is going to lower costs to $35 a month. that is reason enough to pass this the build back better. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. brady: i yield one minute to the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. smucker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. smucker: i hope the american people are watching closely today because there is a
fundamental question being debated and that is, what should the role of the federal government be in each of our daily lives and what economic system best provides for opportunities and the well-being of the american people? that's the question today. democrats believe, they said this in our hearings, that the federal government should provide everything to ensure all the needs are met of middle-income americans. we believe in earned success. we believe in rewarding hard work. that system, the free market system has provided more opportunity than ever before in the history of mankind. and mr. speaker, freedoms aren't taken all at once, they are taken bit by bit by bit. this is a move for an entirely different economic system and it's a move towards socialism. we know that doesn't work.
look at every question that has overdelivered and overspent and not ended well. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. neal: i yield to the gentleman from virginia, mr. beyer. tivment the gentleman is recognized. mr. beyer: i thank the chairman for putting this together and ask and urge my colleagues to support the build back better act. to give every american the possibility, life, liberty and pursuit of happiness and makes the boldest actions and contains some of the most important things, paid family leave, universal prekindergarten and steppedded child tax credit. it will boost our economy by
investing in our work force and increasing labor force participation and benefits for our economy to strengthen our supply chains and restrain inflation. along with the recently enacted infrastructure bill, it will create better jobs. this is a vote for sustained >> the house has been working on president biden's bill back that are social spending plan which includes climate change provisions and investments in child care, universal pre-k, housing and paid family leave stop the house is expected to return friday at 8 a.m. eastern to vote on the back better will stop as always, follow the house like when they return here on c-span. >> get c-span on the go. what's the days political -- biggest political events live on
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