The House of Representatives passed the Build Back Better Act on Nov. 19, sending the legislation to the Senate. The measure includes $1.75 trillion in “social infrastructure” spending and was passed on a vote of 220-213, mostly along party lines.
After weeks of back-and-forth negotiations, the $1.2 trillion bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act was passed on the night of Nov. 5. The bill is perhaps one of the largest investments in the country’s infrastructure and includes measures that could benefit the agriculture community.
After the bill’s passage, ranking member of the House Agriculture Committee Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA-15) criticized members across the aisle. “House Democrats unabashedly just put America and our future generations on the hook for trillions of dollars in new spending,” he wrote.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the administration has been working with key Democratic senators who have voiced opposition for the bill, including Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ).
Citing inflationary concerns and indirect tax increases that could affect farmers, the American Farm Bureau Federation urged members of the House of Representatives to vote against the social spending bill. The House ended up passing the bill just a few days later.
If the Senate changes any measures in the bill text, it will be sent back to the House for reconsideration.