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Rosendale votes no on Build Back Better 'boondoggle'

Matt Rosendale.
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A roughly $2 trillion social spending and climate plan passed out of the U.S House Friday, without the support of Montana’s lone congressman.

Montana Republican Representative Matt Rosendale opposed the so-called ‘Build Back Better’ bill.

The measure narrowly passed out of the U.S. House Friday morning on a near party-line vote of 220 to 213.

Supporters say it contains provisions to — among other things — address climate change, lower childcare and prescription drug costs while simultaneously implementing tax hikes on the wealthy and corporations.

In a statement from Rep. Matt Rosendale’s office released Friday morning he says it "represents the largest tax-and-spend bill in American history."

Rosendale describes it as a "boondoggle" that advances "the far-left’s so-called environmental justice agenda". Rosendale also objects to the bill’s mass-legalization program for undocumented immigrants.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office Thursday said the spending bill would add about $160 billion to the deficit over the next decade, taking into account $207 billion in projected revenue from a boost in tax enforcement. The Biden administration disputes the CBO's assessment.

The measure next moves to the U.S. Senate where it faces an uncertain future.