House passes Biden's massive spending bill

By Aditi Sangal, Adrienne Vogt, Meg Wagner, Melissa Macaya and Melissa Mahtani, CNN

Updated 2:29 PM ET, Fri November 19, 2021
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10:26 a.m. ET, November 19, 2021

No Republicans voted for the spending bill. Only one Democrat voted against it. 

From CNN's Clare Foran, Manu Raju and Morgan Rimmer

The final tally of the spending bill vote was 220 to 213.

Rep. Jared Golden of Maine was the only Democrat to vote against the bill and no Republicans voted for it.

Golden announced ahead of the final House vote that he would vote against the bill, citing the tax provision.

"Many of my colleagues argue this major line item is worth accepting to pass the rest of the bill," Golden said in a statement to the Bangor Daily News. "I disagree: the SALT giveaway in the Build Back Better Act is larger than the child care, pre-K, healthcare or senior care provisions of the bill."

Golden did not rule out voting for the final package in the future.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi defended the legislation against criticism that wealthy Americans will benefit disproportionately as a result of the provisions.

10:27 a.m. ET, November 19, 2021

Here's what's in the Build Back Better Act Democrats just passed in the House

From CNN's Clare Foran, Manu Raju and Morgan Rimmer

Rep. Katherine Clark, right, hugs House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after the House passage of President Joe Biden's spending bill at the Capitol on November 19.
Rep. Katherine Clark, right, hugs House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after the House passage of President Joe Biden's spending bill at the Capitol on November 19. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

The Build Back Better Act represents a central part of President Biden's policy agenda and an attempt by congressional Democrats to go at it alone without GOP support to enact a major expansion of the social safety net.

The House and Senate recently passed, and Biden then signed into law, a separate $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package, which marked a major legislative achievement for both parties.

The Build Back Better Act is an effort by Democrats to build on that investment in traditional infrastructure by making extensive investments to ramp up social programs and address the climate crisis.

Among its many provisions, the legislation would create a universal pre-K program, extend the enhanced child tax credit and expand access to health care, affordable housing and home care for seniors.

Democrats argue that the provisions in the bill are urgently needed and will widely benefit Americans. Republicans, meanwhile, have decried the legislation as a reckless and partisan tax and spending spree.

The Congressional Budget Office released its final scoring for the bill early Thursday evening, estimating that the package "would result in a net increase in the deficit totaling $367 billion," according to a summary.

But the White House has worked to make the case that the bill will be fully paid for, despite the CBO analysis showing a shortfall.

The CBO analysis does not include revenue from tighter IRS enforcement. The CBO estimated earlier that would raise $207 billion.

The White House argues that increased IRS enforcement would actually raise more than what the CBO projects, meaning the bill would be fully paid for in their estimate.

Read more about the legislation here.

9:59 a.m. ET, November 19, 2021

House Republicans call for a motion to reconsider

House Republicans called for a motion to reconsider after President Biden's spending bill was passed on Friday.

This is a protest vote by the GOP, asking the House to undo the vote on the bill. 

It is set to fail.

9:57 a.m. ET, November 19, 2021

The lawmakers will now head home for Thanksgiving 

After the House passed President Biden's sweeping spending bill, known as the Build Back Better Act, the lawmakers will now head home for Thanksgiving.

The Senate is already out.

The bill will head to the Senate when lawmakers return, and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has said he hopes to have it on the floor by Christmas, putting it on a tight timeline even in the best of circumstances, CNN reporter Jessica Dean explained.

9:58 a.m. ET, November 19, 2021

Pelosi will speak to reporters after the House passed Biden's $1.9 trillion spending bill

From CNN's Clare Foran, Kristin Wilson, Daniella Diaz and Sam Fossum

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announces the Build Back Better bill has passed at the Capitol on November 19.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announces the Build Back Better bill has passed at the Capitol on November 19. (House TV)

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will speak with reporters soon, after House Democrats voted to pass President Biden's sweeping $1.9 trillion social safety net expansion legislation.

It's a victory for the party even as the legislation faces a tough road ahead in the Senate, and changes are expected.

The final vote was 220 to 213, with Democratic Rep. Jared Golden of Maine voting against the bill. No Republicans voted for it.

The vote took place on Friday morning after House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy stalled an effort to vote Thursday evening by delivering a record-breaking marathon floor speech overnight.

9:56 a.m. ET, November 19, 2021

The House just passed Biden's Build Back Better Act. The bill now goes to the Senate. 

From CNN's Clare Foran, Kristin Wilson, Daniella Diaz and Sam Fossum

The House floor at the Capitol on November 19.
The House floor at the Capitol on November 19. (House TV)

The House just passed President Biden's sweeping $1.9 trillion spending bill, known as the Build Back Better Act, a victory for the party even as the legislation faces a tough road ahead in the Senate.

Democrats could be seen celebrating and clapping after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the legislation's passage.

The final vote was 220 to 213, with Democrat Jared Golden of Maine voting against the bill. No Republicans voted for it.

The sweeping economic legislation stands as a key pillar of Biden's domestic agenda.

It would deliver on long-standing Democratic priorities by dramatically expanding social services for Americans, working to mitigate the climate crisis, increasing access to health care and delivering aid to families and children.

What happens next: The bill must now must go to the Senate, where changes are expected. All 50 members of the Senate Democratic caucus must support the package for it to pass under the budget process that Democrats are using to move the legislation without GOP support, but West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin has expressed concerns over key elements of the plan and policy fights loom on the horizon.

See a full breakdown of the bill here.

CNN's Manu Raju contributed reporting to this post.

10:21 a.m. ET, November 19, 2021

Pelosi's exuberant mood on show as Democrats vote on Build Back Better bill

From CNN's Sam Fossum and Daniella Diaz

As members of the House voted on the Build Back Better bill, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi continued to bop around and exchange pleasantries with her caucus.

She huddled with House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer in the front of the chamber for several minutes

Reps. Pramila Jayapal of Washington, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, and Nakima Williams of Georgia were all huddled and talking and seemed in high spirits.

Later, Jayapal, Ocasio-Cortez and fellow New Yorker Nydia Velazquez and Rhode Island's David Cicilline all took a selfie at one point.

Many of the members were not there as many proxy votes were read out and recorded. 

So far, Democratic Rep. Jared Golden of Maine is still the only Democrat who voted against the bill. On the other side, no Republicans have crossed over to support the measure. 

10:04 a.m. ET, November 19, 2021

This is the one Democrat who voted no on the spending bill so far

From CNN's Daniella Diaz

Rep. Jared Golden walks through the Capitol on November 5.
Rep. Jared Golden walks through the Capitol on November 5. (Allison Shelley/Getty Images)

As expected, Democratic Rep. Jared Golden of Maine voted no on the spending bill. 

As CNN's Melanie Zanona reported last night, Golden told the Bangor Daily News: 

“Many of my colleagues argue this major line item is worth accepting to pass the rest of the bill,” Golden said in a statement, according to the paper. “I disagree: the SALT giveaway in the Build Back Better Act is larger than the child care, pre-K, healthcare or senior care provisions of the bill.” 

He also told the paper that he "will continue to stay at the table and negotiate for the best deal possible until the very last opportunity.”

Democrats can afford to lose a total of three votes.  

9:21 a.m. ET, November 19, 2021

NOW: House votes on Biden's spending bill following overnight delay

From CNN's Clare Foran and Manu Raju

The House floor at the Capitol on November 19.
The House floor at the Capitol on November 19. (House TV)

The House is voting now on President Biden's sweeping $1.9 trillion spending bill after House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy stalled an effort to vote Thursday evening by delivering a record-breaking, marathon floor speech overnight.

What the bill does: The sweeping economic legislation stands as a key pillar of Biden's domestic agenda. It would deliver on long-standing Democratic priorities by dramatically expanding social services for Americans, working to mitigate the climate crisis, increasing access to health care and delivering aid to families and children.

Read more about the legislation here.