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House Passes Inflation Reduction Act - Pat Soldano

The House of Representatives passed the $740 billion Inflation Reduction Act (H.R. 5376) in a party-line 220 to 207 vote (four Republicans did not vote). There were no changes made to the bill in the House ahead of passage. Republicans submitted 179 amendments to the bill, but none were considered.

The final House vote followed three hours of debate where Republicans criticized all aspects of the proposal, arguing that it will exacerbate inflation, spur audits of middle-class Americans, stifle pharmaceutical innovation and increase energy costs for American families.

Democrats generally highlighted new investments in renewable-energy technologies, which they said will reduce emissions 40% by 2030, and provisions to allow Medicare to directly negotiate the prices of prescription drugs with manufacturers. Brownstein has prepared detailed summaries on the energy  and tax  components of the reconciliation bill.  

Friday’s vote concluded Democrats’ 18-month quest to pass a major tax and spending package through the budget reconciliation process. President Joe Biden is expected to sign the bill into law within the next couple of weeks. With the bill passed, the House rejoined the Senate on recess. Congress is scheduled to remain out of session through Labor Day as lawmakers hit the campaign trail ahead of the midterms.

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