Wisconsin Republican Scott Fitzgerald believes his Democrat colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives may have just sealed their fates in the 2022 midterms by voting to pass President Joe Biden’s $1.7 trillion Build Back Better Act.
For those who missed it, House Dems pushed the costly spending bill through Congress’ lower chamber early Friday morning.
The final tally on the legislation was 220 to 213, with only one Democrat, Rep. Jared Golden (D-ME), voting against it, according to Breitbart.
The vote came after House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) gave a nearly nine-hour long speech in which he spoke out about the pricey provisions listed in the package. The remarks set the record for the longest speech on the House floor, reports noted.
The “nail in the coffin”
If it makes it through the U.S. Senate, the bill is expected to add $750 billion to the deficit over a five-year period, Breitbart reports. Over a 10-year period, it is expected to cost around $4.91 trillion. In short, it’s the sort of social wishlist that progressive Democrats have long been dreaming of.
But if there’s a silver lining to the bill’s passage, Fitzgerald says, it’s that it may prove to be the “nail in the coffin” for Democrats seeking re-election to the House next fall.
The congressman’s remarks came during an interview Friday with Newsmax. “This bill is something that is not going to be easy to sell when you get back home,” he said.
“I don’t know what Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi has promised some of these moderate members, but it better be something that is politically very helpful, because, I’m telling you that this is the type of thing that when you get back home in front of the Chamber of Commerce, good luck trying to explain it,” he added.
Echoing many of his colleagues, Fitzgerald also praised McCarthy for his marathon speech. “[He] took it upon himself to carry the torch,” Fitzgerald said, according to Newsmax. “I thought he did a great job of delivering the message in many different ways.”
Next up, the Build Back Better Act is headed to the U.S. Senate. But it remains unclear whether the legislation will be able to get through to the president’s desk.
Moderate Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin (WV) has suggested that he might not be on board with the bill, and his disapproval could derail it in the evenly-divided upper chamber.
Let’s not forget, however, that congressional Republicans helped to make the passage of this bill possible by voting in favor of the $1.2 trillion infrastructure package that Dems sought to pair with it. Speaker Pelosi did not have the votes in her own party to get that bill through the House, but 13 members of the House GOP came to her rescue. Now, here we are.