Saturday, June 22, 2024

House Passes Biden’s Social Safety Net and Climate Bill. Here’s What’s in It.


By a razor-thin 220-213 vote—and with bipartisan opposition—the House of Representatives passed President Biden's social spending and climate policy bill.

While it still faces daunting obstacles in the evenly divided , today's development is a big accomplishment for Biden's agenda.

Even so, Democrats can't afford to lose a single vote in the Senate. Moderate senators Joe Manchin and Krysten Sinema could either torpedo the legislation or make significant changes to it. Any changes to the text will send the bill back to the House for reconsideration.

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Despite those nuances, the mainstream is reporting the bill's passage as a major victory for the at a tumultuous moment in his presidency. Still, the popularity of its far-left provisions remains very much in doubt. Moreover, it seems likely to further motivate Republican voters in the 2022 midterms—like the passage of Obamacare did in 2010.

Here are the most controversial parts of the legislation certain to have a political impact one way or the other.

Government Takeover of Child Care

Public schools have faced growing controversy for embracing critical race theory, which teaches that America is inherently racist. Despite growing concerns about , Biden's bill would make the government the primary funder of day care and preschool.

The proposal has left some old school liberals skeptical.