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About 35% of House requested to remote vote on $740B bill that hasn’t been fully scored by CBO

The legislation is scheduled for a vote in the Democratic-led House today but the Congressional Budget Office has not determined the true cost of the bill yet

Published: August 12, 2022 10:01am

Updated: August 12, 2022 11:12am

About 35% of the House of Representatives has requested to vote remotely as the Democrats' $740 billion spending package, the Inflation Reduction Act, moves to the House floor on Friday despite it not being fully scored by the Congressional Budget Office.

The Democratic-led House first put proxy voting in place as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has extended it through September 26.

According to the House clerk, 187 House members submitted proxy voting letters authorizing other lawmakers to vote on their behalf ahead of Friday's vote on the Inflation Reduction Act.

The CBO said on Thursday that it needs more time to fully score the current Senate-passed version of the bill but it's been scheduled for a House vote anyway.

"Given the scope of the amendments to title I, Committee on Finance, CBO expects that it will be a few weeks before we can fully analyze and estimate those budgetary effects, at which point we will provide a complete cost estimate for the legislation," CBO Director Phillip Swagel wrote on Thursday in a letter to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), the chairman of the Senate Budget Committee.

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