Biden signs massive climate and healthcare legislation
Washington DC: President Joe Biden signed Democrats' landmark climate change and health care bill into law on Tuesday, delivering what he has called the final piece of his pared-down domestic agenda, as he aims to boost his party's standing with voters less than three months before the midterm elections.
The legislation includes the most substantial federal investment in history to fight climate change some 375 billion over the decade and would cap prescription drug costs at 2,000 out-of-pocket annually for Medicare recipients. It also would help an estimated 13 million Americans pay for health care insurance by extending subsidies provided during the Coronavirus pandemic.
The measure is paid for by new taxes on large companies and stepped-up IRS enforcement of wealthy individuals and entities, with additional funds going to reduce the federal deficit.
In a triumphant signing event at the White House, Biden pointed to the law as proof that democracy no matter how long or messy the process can still deliver for voters in America as he road-tested a line he will likely repeat later this fall ahead of the midterms: The American people won, and the special interests lost.
In this historic moment, Democrats sided with the American people, and every single Republican in the Congress sided with the special interests in this vote, Biden said, repeatedly seizing on the contrast between his party and the GOP. Every single one.
The House on Friday approved the measure on a party-line 220-207 vote. It passed the Senate days earlier with Vice President Kamala Harris breaking a 50-50 tie in that chamber.