US Senate passes sweeping climate, health care bill

US Senate passes sweeping climate, health care bill

The US Senate passed President Joe Biden's sprawling climate, tax and health care plan on Friday, a major win for the veteran Democrat that includes the biggest American investment in the fight against global warming.

After approval of the bill in the Senate by a razor-thin margin, the House of Representatives passed along strict party lines, with Vice President Kamala Harris casting the tie-breaking vote.

Biden praised the adoption of his plan, which includes a US $370 billion investment that will bring a 40 per cent drop in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

The president tweeted in the minutes after the vote about special interests lost.

With the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act in the House, families will see lower prescription drug prices, lower health care costs, and lower energy costs. I look forward to signing it into law next week. The vote is a victory for Biden on his top policy priorities less than three months before November's crucial midterm elections, with his Democratic Party's control of Congress in the balance.

It should restore a sense of US leadership in the fight to reduce carbon emissions.

In her final comments before the vote, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called the legislation a robust cost-cutting package that meets the moment and ensures that our families thrive. The package includes the largest ever commitment to fighting climate change by the world's biggest economy, which is one of the worst polluters, as well as one of the world's worst polluters.

Climate activists rejoiced after the 220 - 207 vote, which earned the support of all Democrats, even progressives who lamented that it did not go far enough.

Johanna Chao Kreilick, president of the Union of Concerned Scientists, called the legislation a gamechanger and reason to hope that the Inflation Reduction Act would provide US $64 billion for health care initiatives and help with lower costs for some drugs, which can be 10 times more expensive in the United States than in some other rich nations.

The Bill has been criticised by conservatives as wasteful spending, and no Republican lawmakers supported it.

Democrats are jamming through Congress a bill spending hundreds of billions of dollars that our country doesn't have, on far-left policies our country cannot afford, according to Republican lawmaker Lee Zeldin.