WASHINGTON, DC – A sharply divided U.S. House has approved the Democrats’ $1.85 trillion social and environmental spending bill called “Build Back Better.” Republicans solidly opposed H.R. 5376, but Democrats prevailed after ending months of disputes over its size and scope. Area Congressman Lloyd Smucker was a “no”vote. Passage came after new cost estimates from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office said the legislation would cause federal deficits to grow by $160 billion over the coming decade. The measure creates free universal Pre-K, puts dollars toward climate change, and more. The legislation now moves to the U.S. Senate.

CONGRESSMAN LLOYD SMUCKER