WASHINGTON—U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy of Winter Park, Fla., a Member of the House Ways and Means Committee, issued the following statement after voting against the Ways and Means section of what is expected to become the Build Back Better Act:
“I strongly support numerous provisions in the House Ways and Means portion of the Build Back Better Act, especially the historic provisions to combat the existential threat of climate change. But there are also spending and tax provisions that give me pause, and so I cannot vote for the bill at this early stage. As this process moves forward, I remain optimistic that the comprehensive reconciliation package will be appropriately targeted and fiscally responsible—paid for by tax provisions that promote fairness but do not hurt working families.
“House and Senate Democrats must work together, in a careful and thoughtful way, to get this bill to a place where it can pass both chambers and be signed into law by President Biden. Every moment we spend debating provisions that will never become law is a moment wasted and will delay much-needed assistance to the American people.”