House passes sweeping climate and health care bill, sending it to Biden’s desk

In the run-up to the vote, Pelosi highlighted four key provisions in the bill: empowering Medicare to negotiate drug prices, extending Affordable Care Act funding for three years, enacting a series of energy and climate change provisions, and reducing the deficit.

The legislation would raise about $700 billion through corporate tax increases and prescription drug savings, and it would spend about $400 billion on clean energy and health care provisions.

The package falls far short of what most Democrats had wanted, with safety net items stripped out by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and a slew of tax increases blocked by Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz. But privately, Pelosi’s message to colleagues was: Judge the bill for what it does, not what it doesn’t do. In the end, Democrats embraced it.

NBC House passes sweeping climate and health care bill, sending it to Biden’s desk