Congress OKs Dems’ climate, health bill, a Biden triumph


WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats have pushed their landmark climate and health care bill through Congress, handing an election-year victory to President Joe Biden.

The House approved the bill over solid Republican opposition Friday, five days after the Senate did the same.

The vote means a win for Biden that until late July seemed out of reach.

The package is much smaller than Biden’s original environment and social legislation that failed in Congress last year. But after long, bitter talks, Democrats agreed to a smaller but still substantive compromise.

It includes Washington’s biggest ever effort on climate change, pharmaceutical price curbs and tax boosts on big corporations, long-held party goals.


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