The House of Representatives passed President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better social spending bill Friday morning, with a vote of 220 to 213.
Just one Democrat, Rep. Jared Golden, defected and voted with the Republicans.
The bill includes universal pre-K, expanded Medicare access to hearing aids, four weeks of paid family and medical leave, child care cost reductions and a number of provisions to combat climate change.
Biden wasn’t immediately able to celebrate the accomplishment, as he was at Walter Reed for his first annual physical as president, and underwent a colonoscopy – leaving Vice President Kamala Harris in charge for 85 minutes.
House Democrats, however, were doing happy dancing and taking selfies. When the bill got passed the 218 threshold, meaning it would pass, chants of ‘Build Back Better’ broke out. Democratic members yelled ‘Nancy, Nancy, Nancy,’ as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was leaving the dais after chairing the final count.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Biden was able to call Pelosi Friday morning to congratulate her on the bill’s passage.
And White House deputy press secretary Andrew Bates trolled Republicans by tweeting, ‘Let’s go BBBrandon!!!’ which has become code on the right for ‘f**k Joe Biden.’
The Build Back Better bill now heads to the Senate.
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Source: Daily Mail