House Democrats Hope to Pass Bill Before Thanksgiving

House Democrats Hope to Pass Bill Before Thanksgiving

Nolan Burke

Democrats in the House of Representatives hope to pass the “Build Back Better” Act before Thanksgiving. The act addresses climate change, child care, medicare expansion and health care provisions. The bill costs $1.75 trillion and will be paid for over a decade. Because House Republicans oppose the act, Democrats are using a process called reconciliation to pass the bill in the Senate with only Democratic votes.

Through the process of reconciliation, the “Build Back Better” bill will have a limit of 20 hours of debate in the Senate. After the bill is debated, votes must be counted. Because of these special rules, the “Build Back Better” bill cannot be filibustered. The Senate only needs a simple majority to pass the bill.

The House attempted to pass the bill a week ago, but six Democrats- Jamaal Bowman, Cori Bush, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib voted against it. To pass the bill, the House needs votes from every Democratic member of the House of Representatives. The bill will need to be revised to earn every House Democrat vote.