House Democratic leaders passed President Biden’s “Build Back Better” budget reconciliation package along party lines last Friday. Now the legislation heads to the Senate, where it is expected to have a more difficult path to passage.
While the bill is likely to see major changes in the Senate, here are some items of note for signatory contractors in the House-passed version:
• Paid leave: House Democrats are keeping a four-week federal paid family and medical leave benefit in the bill, but Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) has stated that the provision is too expensive, and that such an undertaking should be bipartisan and go through "regular order.
• Immigration: The Senate Parliamentarian hasn't ruled yet on the immigration provision that would offer "parole" status of up to five years for some migrants.
• "SALT": House Democrats worked out a compromise for relief from a $10,000 cap on state and local tax deductions.
• Electric vehicles: Sen. Manchin's opposition could sink higher tax credits in the bill for electric vehicles. Michigan lawmakers and others are vowing to keep the provision, but it's also come under fire from various U.S. trading partners.
• Methane emissions: House Democrats rewrote the methane fee in the bill, but Sen. Manchin could oppose it.
• Vaping tax: Sen. Manchin expressed opposition to a vaping tax in the bill. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) also stated her opposition to the provision calling it a "regressive" tax that hits lower-income people harder than others.