Build Back Better Act Stalls in Senate

President Biden may switch his focus to passage of HR-1. 

Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia said he will not support the Build Back Better legislation, dealing a potentially fatal blow to the president’s leading domestic initiative. 

A regulations watchdog is now predicting that President Biden will try to use executive orders to implement the legislation, saying the president appears poised to expand federal regulations greatly, especially in advance of the 2022 mid-term elections when he could potentially lose control of both the House and Senate. 

Former President Barack Obama called that approach ruling with a “pen and a phone” when he lost support on Capitol Hill. 

Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York stated in a “Dear Colleague” letter that he will bring a version of BBB to the floor for a vote in January “so that every Member of this body has the opportunity to make their position known on the Senate floor, not just on television.” Senator Schumer said he will hold votes “over and over” until it passes. He has called for a virtual conference among his colleagues on Tuesday night to “hash It out” 

Others have suggested that President Biden will shift his immediate focus to the passage in the Senate of HR-1, the “For the People Act,” that deals with federalizing America’s elections. Speaking at the commencement of South Carolina State University on Friday, he said that restricting voting rights is “un-American.” He said, “This new sinister combination of voter suppression and election subversion, it’s un-American, it’s undemocratic, and, sadly, it is unprecedented since Reconstruction.” 

Senator Mitch McConnell has called HR-1 an “election takeover scheme” by the federal government. 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the president to seek God’s direction as he assesses ways the Build Back Better Act will be addressed in January. 
  • For Senators to be thoughtful regarding the ways the Build Back Better Act could impact inflation. 
  • For members of the Senate when they take up the voting rights bill. 

Sources: Politico, Newsmax, Washington Post 


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