Updated: Aug 30, 2022
Written by Dilinna Ugochukwu
Last month the Build Back Better Act passed in the House of Representatives, 220-213, with all 220 yes votes being Democrats, and all the House Republicans voting against it with one Democrat joining them. For those of you who don’t know, the Build Back Better Act includes clean energy and climate investments, free preschool for children ages 3-4, improving house care services for the elderly and disabled, improvements to our immigration system, expanding healthcare, and subsidized housing. The Build Back Better Act is estimated to cost 1.75 trillion dollars, and it is set to be paid by the wealthy; no one making under $400,000 a year is supposed to pay more taxes because of the bill. Now that the Build Back Better Act has passed in the House of Representatives, it will be voted on by the US Senate. All the Senate Democrats will need to vote yes for the bill to be given. As of now, it looks like the bill will not be passed because the Senate Republicans have already voiced opposition for the bill, and Democratic Senators Krysten Sinema and Joe Manchin have not given their support. If this bill is passed, it would be the most transformative bill passed in generations regarding affordable housing and climate change prevention.