Pelosi, Touting Accomplishments At Climate Conference, Lists Items Of Social Spending Bill That Has Not Passed

    Although Democrats have yet not passed their $1.75 trillion social-spending bills, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi discussed some of the key goals of the bill at Tuesday’s COP26 climate conference.

    Pelosi was talking about President Biden’s pledges to address climate change and the role that women will play in it when she stopped to reflect on the accomplishments of the administration so far.

    Pelosi stated that they are there to report on what they’ve done, referring to the nearly trillion-dollar investment in the Build Back Better” and “bipartisan infrastructure framework. She went on to recognize climate change and women’s rights issues.

    Pelosi then spoke about the administration’s mission to “decarbonize and realign all sectors of the economy…to scale the solutions necessary to achieve net-zero pollution worldwide,” which is reflected by the bipartisan infrastructure bill, which Congress has passed. However, she referred to several “bills” and indicated that she was also referring to the social spending bill, which has yet to be passed.

    The House speaker then described several aspects of the Social Spending Bill that Democrats want to implement.

    She said, “It also represents an investment in the care economy — child and family medical leave; it is about home health care, universal pre-K, all those things that allow women to play a greater role in our economy.”

    Pelosi’s office referred to the progress made by House members on the bill when Pelosi was asked why she included these agenda items in a discussion about “what we have done”.

    Drew Hammill, Pelosi’s deputy chief-of-staff, stated that they had passed the rule regarding the Build Back Better Act. This means the legislation is now moving beyond the lengthy committee process.

    To pass the bill, the House must still hold a vote. Nearly all Democrats will need to vote because they have a small majority. The Senate would still need to approve the bill if they succeed, which would be difficult given the resistance of moderate Democratic senators. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.).