The Florida delegation in the U.S. House split on party lines as the chamber passed President Joe Biden’s $2 trillion “Build Back Better Act” last week.
The wide-ranging bill passed the House on a 220-213 vote with U.S. Rep. Jared Golden, D-Maine, being the only member to cross party lines. The measure now heads to the U.S. Senate.
Democrats from the Sunshine State weighed in on the bill and why they backed it.
“I am confident that the Build Back Better Act will improve the livelihoods for North Florida families by providing tax cuts, expanding access to affordable health care, tackling climate change, expanding broadband and bolstering our economy,” said U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, D-Fla. “The pandemic has exacerbated the disparities that have been present in our communities for decades. This legislation will bring down costs that have held Americans back and extend equity to help working families succeed.”
“Today is a historic and exciting day for families across America,” said U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-Fla. “Now that this transformational bill has passed the House, we are one step closer to delivering on the President’s promise to Build Back Better. This bill is a once-in-a-generation investment in the care economy, universal pre-K education, paid leave, clean energy, and lower health care costs, all being fully paid for by making sure big corporations & the wealthiest pay their fair share of taxes. I…