Capitol Correspondence - 11.15.21

House Democrats Plan to Vote on Build Back Better Act This Week

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The U.S. House of Representatives has yet to hold a final vote on its $1.75 trillion budget reconciliation bill, the Build Back Better Act, despite already holding a procedural vote allowing it to advance to the House floor. However, House Democrats have reached an agreement to vote on the bill this week. This agreement hinges on moderate Democrats’ insistence that before a final vote, they receive a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score for the bill that confirms the White House’s assertions that the Build Back Better proposal will not significantly contribute to the federal deficit.

CBO has yet to release the full score for the bill or scores for the bill’s largest provisions, including those from the Ways and Means Committee, Energy and Commerce Committee, and Education and Labor Committee. The investment in Medicaid Home and Community Based Services is part of the Energy and Commerce portion of the legislation.

For a recap of key provisions in the Build Back Better Act, see The Build Back Better Act: $150 Billion for Medicaid HCBS Funding and Other Important Programs.