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Fulcher votes 'no' on Build Back Better

 
November 19, 2021

Congressman Russ Fulcher, R-Idaho, today voted "no" on the progressive Democrat-led reconciliation “Build Back Better” (BBB) bill, saying the size and scope of the 2,460-plus page bill would be the largest expansion of government in our nation's history.

"Being pushed through the House without any Republican support, this legislation reflects the most extreme priorities of the House Democratic caucus, and would put our country one step closer to socialism," Fulcher said. "The passage of this extremely partisan bill makes today a sad day in our country’s history.”

This bill is a large compilation of hundreds of topics -- an idea in itself that Fulcher has fought since his first year in Congress. Introducing the One Subject at a Time Act, Fulcher has been promoting the idea that individual topics should have their own bill, their own debate and negotiations and their own opportunity to be passed through Congress without the baggage of extra unrelated provisions or ‘earmarks.’

Furthermore, one of Fulcher’s top priorities is to balance the United States budget and rein in national debt.

He signed a letter calling on Speaker Nancy Pelosi to postpone any vote on the reconciliation bill until the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) had adequate time to properly analyze and report on the bill's fiscal impacts. After President Joe Biden told the American people that the bill would cost zero dollars, the CBO reported, “CBO estimates that enacting this title would result in a net increase in the deficit totaling $454.1 billion over the 2022-2031 period.”

Ranking member of the Ways and Means Committee Kevin Brady clarified this in his speech after the BBB vote, “This bill, even counting the budget gimmicks, is several hundred billion dollars short today and the independent Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget says over 10 years, it's closer to a $3 trillion national debt.

As ranking member of the Education and Labor Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Human Services, Fulcher has led committee hearings in order to examine the potential impacts of several of the BBB provisions in his committee’s germane jurisdiction.

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