House Democrats voted to add $791 billion to federal deficits Friday when they passed President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better agenda. Biden had promised his social spending plan would “cost zero dollars,” but the Congressional Budget Office estimate released on Thursday proved that claim to be false.
Extending the score to 10 years, the CBO estimates the legislation will add only $367 billion to the deficit, as Democrats cut authorization for the legislation’s most expensive programs after just a few years. There is no policy justification for Democrats to cut these programs short. They did it just to lower the CBO’s 10-year deficit total.
The legislation will now head to the Senate where it is unclear when it will get a vote, or if it ever will. The Senate is still trying to pass this year’s National Defense Authorization Act before it breaks for Thanksgiving. The Senate then has to fund the government before authorization expires on Dec. 3. Also on the Senate’s to-do list is raising the federal government’s borrowing limit, which the Treasury Department says needs to happen before Dec. 15.
Democratic West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin has been calling for a “pause” on all new social spending legislation for months now, and with inflation hitting record highs, he has not shown renewed interest in passing the bill.
A poll of West Virginia voters released this week shows that 60% of Mountaineers approve of Manchin’s job as senator and an even larger 74% oppose Biden’s Build Back Better agenda.
Just 32% of West Virginians approve of the job Biden is doing as president.
Nearly 74% of voters also said Manchin should oppose the president’s Build Back Better plan.