House Democrats passed a $2 trillion social spending bill carrying the bulk of President Joe Biden's economic agenda on Friday morning, barreling past united GOP opposition and sending it to the Senate, where Joe Manchin of West Virginia could still force it to undergo a major overhaul.
The legislation cleared the chamber a near-party line vote of 220-213. After a handful of centrist Democrats in the House threatened to vote against it throughout the fall, only one, Rep. Jared Golden of Maine, joined GOP ranks in voting no.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California hailed passage of the Build Back Better Act, saying that its legislation that will form "the pillar of health and financial security in America."
"It will be historic in forging landmark progress for our nation," she said in a floor speech ahead of the vote.