House Energy and Commerce Committee Democrats defeated multiple Republican amendments Monday during the first day of marking up of President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion “Build Back Better” spending program that is the most massive package of reforms in American government and society since the New Deal. Committee Chairman Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) called the program “transformational” and said “the Build Back Better Act will create a clean energy future that produces millions of good paying jobs right here at home.” Most of the Republican amendments on the first of what could be three days of work for the panel focused on eliminating or at least limiting the economic impact of the Biden program’s new natural gas tax. The legislation being marked up—that is, drafting the final version of the bill that will go to the House floor for the final debate and voting—will be thousands of pages long when it is completed. …


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