Biden's Build Back Better bill: Half of voters support plan but many fear inflation will worsen, poll shows
Rising inflation could send interest rates higher
President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better Act, which recently passed in the House of Representatives, is supported by nearly half of voters, about 49%, according to a new poll from Morning Consult. However, many voters worry that it could worsen inflation in the U.S.
The $1.75 trillion spending package includes money for social initiatives such as expanding child care programs, reducing health care costs, combating climate change and increasing affordable housing. To help accomplish these efforts, it outlines measures such as an electric vehicle tax credit to encourage clean energy, an enhanced child tax credit and universal preschool. The bill's framework lays out a plan to pay for this by increasing tax rates on the wealthiest Americans.
However, about 43% of all voters think the bill will make inflation much worse. When measured along party lines, about 74% of Republicans agree with this versus 14% of Democrats. Comparatively, only 10% of Republicans say it will make inflation better as opposed to 45% of Democrats.
Rising inflation could lead the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates sooner in order to combat rising costs. If you want to take advantage of today's record-low rates, consider refinancing your home loan to lower your interest rate and your monthly payments. Visit Credible to find your personalized rate and see how much you could save.
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Build Back Better plan expected to be altered in the Senate
As many voters and some lawmakers worry about the effects the Build Back Better plan will have on inflation, it is expected to undergo several key changes in the Senate.
"As the measure heads to the Senate, where it is expected to be altered, the president and his party will have to grapple with voters’ concerns about its price tag," the Morning Consult stated. "While some independent analysts have said the measure will not add to inflationary pressures, many voters disagree."
Overall, 43% of voters think the bill will make inflation worse, 26% say it will make inflation better and 15% say it will have no impact.
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Inflation already rising at record pace
Inflation saw a 6.2% annual increase in October, according to the Labor Department, representing the highest annual gain since November 1990. This increase comes as prices for food, energy and shelter are rising, as well as other commodities like new and used cars. For example, energy prices surged 4.8% in October and 30% from the year before, largely due to the price of gas.
Biden has said that his administration is watching the inflation levels and is focused on lowering them.
"Inflation hurts Americans’ pocketbooks, and reversing this trend is a top priority for me," Biden said in a statement released by the White House on Nov. 10.
And in order to combat the spike in gas prices, Biden on Tuesday announced his plan to release 50 million barrels of oil from Strategic Petroleum Reserve. However, the president and key Democrats say the Build Back Better plan will not worsen inflation.
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