Responding to chatter that Democrats are warming to the idea of breaking up the House-passed Build Back Better Act, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Wednesday the Senate would have to pass a new version and the House will then consider the legislation. The mega-spending bill, which passed the Democratic-led House last month, includes new federal benefit programs and approximately $550 billion for climate-related initiatives. It also includes an extension of the expanded Child Tax Credit at an estimated cost of $1.6 trillion over 10 years.
“There’s this talk about breaking it up,” Hoyer, the chamber’s No. 2 Democrat, told reporters. “We passed a bill. It’s now in the Senate. The process works by the Senate saying, ‘Well, I agree with this or don’t agree with that’ or passing their own bill and then we have a conference on that or we agree on that.”
Amid the speculation is that Congress could separately reinstate the enhanced, so-called Child Tax Cr …