Stephanie Murphy will vote for Build Back Better bill

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Her support could bring members of the Blue Dog Coalition to the yes column.

Rep. Stephanie Murphy says she will vote in favor of the Build Back Better Act.

“Tonight, I intend to advance the Build Back Better Act after receiving information from the Congressional Budget Office, the Joint Committee on Taxation, and the Treasury Department that shows the bill is fiscally disciplined,” the Winter Park Democrat said in a statement released Thursday evening.

Ultimately, the vote on the bill was delayed by a marathon speech by Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy that lasted until 5:10 a.m. Friday. But Democrats expect to pass the bill on Friday.

Murphy’s posture came after the Congressional Budget Office confirmed the legislation will add a net $367 billion to the national deficit. That scoring arrived days after the CBO said President Joe Biden’s plan to generate revenue through stricter enforcement of tax codes would likely produce about $120 million in the next fiscal year, less than the $400 million boost administration economists argue will be generated.

Murphy, co-leader of the centrist Blue Dog Coalition, could prove a critical voice in passing the bill. For months, the moderate and progressive wings of the Democratic caucus warred over an aggressive expansion in social services that runs the risk of increasing national debt. Since Democrats hold just an eight-seat majority in the House, and most or all Republicans are expected to vote against the bill, that makes it important for Democrats across the spectrum to vote for the legislation in order for it to pass.

“Despite its flaws, the Build Back Better Act has a lot of positive elements. It contains historic investments to combat climate change, an existential threat to our planet, our country, and the Florida way of life,” Murphy said.

“It includes a historic agreement I helped negotiate to significantly lower the price of prescription drugs for consumers without impairing the ability of America’s scientists and researchers to create new medicines. And the bill contains a number of important provisions to empower families, like extending affordable health care to 425,000 Floridians in the Medicaid coverage gap, establishing universal Pre-K, and extending the enhanced child tax credit for an additional year.”

Murphy expressed some concern about overall costs, but said the bill had too much good included. Ultimately, she reached a reason to vote yes.

“While I continue to have reservations about the overall size of the legislation—and concerns about certain policy provisions that are extraneous or unwise—I believe there are too many badly-needed investments in this bill not to advance it in the legislative process. I will work with my Senate colleagues to improve this bill, and I hope to vote on—and enact—a more streamlined version of the bill once it returns from the Senate,” Murphy said.

“There is a lot of good in this bill, and as a pragmatic Democrat who wants to deliver for my constituents, I am never one to let the perfect become the enemy of the good.”

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected]


6 comments

  • Harold Finch

    November 19, 2021 at 8:50 am

    Very disappointed in Rep. Murphy, hoped she would be a Democratic leader in assuring the bill would not further increase the staggering national debt. Cost of increasing debt by over $350 billion while maybe increasing tax revenues by $120 million is absurd!!

    • Evan

      November 19, 2021 at 9:30 am

      Liberals don’t care. They know they will be whitewashed in the midterms. They want to pass as much as they can before then they.

    • Kelsey J. Duhon

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  • Glenn Reihing

    November 19, 2021 at 10:05 am

    DOGWHISTLE: “While I continue to have reservations about the overall size of the legislation—and concerns about certain policy provisions that are extraneous or unwise—I believe there are too many badly-needed investments in this bill not to advance it in the legislative process. I will work with my Senate colleagues to improve this bill, and I hope to vote on—and enact—a more streamlined version of the bill once it returns from the Senate,” Murphy said.”

    This is a “ball-in-your-court” nod to Sens. Joe Manchin and Krysten Sinema who have been the top obstructionist to the Build Back Better plan.

    For those who want to scream “See!! $357 billion to the deficit!” Debt!!! Debt!!! Debt!!!” I would remind you of a couple of things.

    First, the Tax Cuts of 2017 that the Republicans passed dropped government revenue by approximately $233 billion with no mechanism to get that money back through some other means. The only entities that this tax cut helped were corporations and the top 1%.

    Second, when the original BBB plan was proposed, it planned to pay for this policy by taxing wealthy individuals making over $400k/yr by increasing their personal income tax from 37% to 39.7% (which is gone). It was going to subject those same people to a 12.4% Social Security tax (gone). It was going to roll back corporate tax from 21% to 28%.

    Third, the Senate has still has to work on this bill so that $357 billion tab is in flux.

    What can be done to offset those cost is to put back those taxes that were taken out. This only affects those making over $400K.

    Let’s not forget that the top 1% in this country saw their wealth grow to over $1 trillion dollars in JUST ONE YEAR (2020).

    Im my opinion, they can afford it.

    • Evan

      November 19, 2021 at 11:17 am

      Wow! Talk about Fantasy Island.

  • Michael James

    November 19, 2021 at 1:36 pm

    Not surprised. Stephanie Murphy and Val Demmings are both followers. They do not have their constituents best interest at heart. They are more concerned with keeping Nancy and Joe happy. It is sad that our representatives are followers and not leaders. Elections are around the corner, and this legislation will just push inflation further up and does nothing to get people back to work and off the government payroll.

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