News Number of the Day Build Back Better Passes House, But It’s Not a Done Deal Number of the Day: The most relevant or interesting figure in personal finance By Diccon Hyatt Diccon Hyatt Diccon Hyatt has written hundreds of articles about how public policy and the economy intersect with personal finance, tracking all the latest dynamics affecting your money. Before joining The Balance, he covered business and community news for 17 years, including Princeton, New Jersey's high-tech Route 1 Corridor. learn about our editorial policies Published on November 19, 2021 Fact checked by Gina LaGuardia Fact checked by Gina LaGuardia Twitter Gina LaGuardia has more than 25 years of experience in senior editorial roles, and is an expert in personal finance topics, including banking and lending. She has created content for financial powerhouses such as Chase Bank, American Express Canada, First Horizon Bank, BBVA, and SoFi. learn about our editorial policies Share Tweet Pin Email That’s how many Democrats voted against the Build Back Better social program and environmental bill in the House of Representatives Friday, showing that the party’s solidarity—it will need every Democratic vote to get the bill through the Senate—is fragile. The bill establishes a universal free pre-kindergarten program, extends this year’s expansion of the child tax credit for another year and expands clean energy tax credits, among numerous other provisions. It passed the House by a vote of 220-213. Just one Democrat, Jared Golden of Maine, voted against, and Republicans were united in opposition. Just one Democratic holdout could be enough to kill the bill in the narrowly divided Senate, where Vice President Kamala Harris can cast a deciding vote in the event of a 50-50 party line result. Friday’s vote followed months of negotiations among Democrats over the bill, which outlines spending of $1.7 trillion over 10 years. All but $160 billion of it would be paid for by new revenue, including taxes on corporations and ultra high-income earners, and increased IRS enforcement against tax cheats, according to an estimate by the Congressional Budget Office released Thursday. One potential source of trouble for the bill: Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who insisted on trimming it back from its original $3.5 trillion price tag. Have a question, comment, or story to share? You can reach Diccon at email@example.com. Was this page helpful? Thanks for your feedback! Tell us why! Other Submit Sources The Balance uses only high-quality sources, including peer-reviewed studies, to support the facts within our articles. Read our editorial process to learn more about how we fact-check and keep our content accurate, reliable, and trustworthy. The White House. “Remarks by President Biden on the Build Back Better Agenda and the Importance of Investing in Child Care.” Accessed Nov. 19, 2021. Office of the Clerk, US House of Representatives. “Vote Details.” Accessed Nov. 19, 2021. Congressional Budget Office. “Summary Table.” Accessed Nov. 19, 2021.