Statement on Senate Passage of Legislation To Combat Inflation, Promote Clean Energy Production, and Reduce Prescription Drug Costs
Today Senate Democrats sided with American families over special interests, voting to lower the cost of prescription drugs, health insurance, and everyday energy costs and reduce the deficit, while making the wealthiest corporations finally pay their fair share. I ran for President promising to make Government work for working families again, and that is what this bill does—period.
This bill caps seniors' out-of-pocket spending for prescription drugs at $2000 per year: No matter what their drug bills would otherwise be, seniors will not have to spend more than $2000. In addition, 13 million Americans, covered under the Affordable Care Act, will see their health insurance premiums reduced by $800.
This bill tackles inflation by lowering the deficit and lowering costs for regular families.
This bill also makes the largest investment ever in combatting the existential crisis of climate change. It addresses the climate crisis and strengthens our energy security, creating jobs manufacturing solar panels, wind turbines, and electric vehicles in America with American workers. It lowers families' energy costs by hundreds of dollars each year.
Finally, it pays for all this by establishing a minimum corporate tax so that our richest corporations start to pay their fair share. It does not raise taxes on those making under $400,000 a year—not 1 cent.
I want to thank Leader Schumer and every member of the Senate Democratic caucus for supporting this bill. It required many compromises. Doing important things almost always does.
The House should pass this as soon as possible, and I look forward to signing it into law.
NOTE: The statement referred to H.R. 5376.
Joseph R. Biden, Statement on Senate Passage of Legislation To Combat Inflation, Promote Clean Energy Production, and Reduce Prescription Drug Costs Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/357199