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House Democrats passed a $1.8 trillion package of safety nets and climate programs Friday in a close vote that the Biden administration has designed as its signature policy initiative, but it still needs to clear the Senate .

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The Build Back Better Act passed 220-213 in a vote Friday morning, with 220 Democrats voting in favor of the bill and 212 Republicans voting against it.

Democrats initially planned to vote Thursday night, but House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-California) stalled the process by railing against the bill in an eight-hour, 32-minute-long speech, prompting Democratic leadership Friday morning. Delayed voting till ,

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) brings the bill to a vote after The Congressional Budget Office published estimates on its financial impact on Thursday — two weeks ago, a group of moderate Democrats refused to vote on the bill until the CBO published a report. confirm this The spending package is “fiscally responsible”.

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