House passes Biden’s Build Back Better Act

WASHINGTON — The House passed the Build Back Better Act, sponsored by former Vice President Joe Biden, on Saturday night, over 90-minute delay requested by a pair of conservatives who requested a conference committee…

House passes Biden’s Build Back Better Act

WASHINGTON — The House passed the Build Back Better Act, sponsored by former Vice President Joe Biden, on Saturday night, over 90-minute delay requested by a pair of conservatives who requested a conference committee to reconcile the two versions of the bill.

“These remaining details are the result of months of focus and negotiation,” House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said.

Earlier Saturday, Biden and Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) hailed the bill, which will set up a process for people who were unable to return to their homes as a result of the 2010 “superstorm” to apply for federal assistance, as “another significant step forward in the fight to rebuild the housing of our fellow Americans.”

“This bill builds off our bipartisan work in rebuilding Puerto Rico,” Biden said. “It will help Americans like Jeannette Jaramillo, who has been rebuilding her home with government help for over two years but continues to struggle with those government payments as her employment draws to a close and she is separated from her husband. Congress finally has a bill that gives opportunity and certainty for survivors like Jeannette, and I’m proud to see it pass through the House.”

When the hurricane hit, 1.4 million people were affected, 220,000 of whom were displaced. An estimated 200,000 people have yet to return to their homes, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN, has noted.

Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) and Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) had sought to extend an end-of-year deadline for implementing the Build Back legislation, said Schakowsky, but a House vote was removed from the voting schedule for the week.

“Congressional Republican leadership refused to allow this bill to come to the floor in this last week of the legislative session, instead electing to adjourn for the year until after the election,” Kelly said in a statement. “This was a legislative cramp that caused additional damage to our nation.”

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