Press Release

Op-Ed: Build Back Better Is a Poor Policy Built on a Shaky Fiscal Foundation 

With the House of Representatives voting for passage, there is finally a single, concrete piece of legislation that is the Build Back Better Act (BBBA) — at least until the Senate gets in on the act. In an op-ed for The Hill, AAF President Douglas Holtz-Eakin explains the problems with the BBBA, a bill deeply flawed in its topline scale, year-to-year timing, and provision-by-provision details.    

An excerpt: 

With the publication of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) cost estimate or “score,” there is a lot more clarity about some key policy issues:  

  1. It is not fully paid for, despite continuous assurances to the contrary by the White House and Democrats on the Hill;  
  1. If the new entitlements are made permanent — as the crafters of BBBA truly envision — it will build a staggering new $2.9 trillion additional structural deficit into an already daunting fiscal outlook;  
  1. The BBBA is front-loaded on new spending and tax cuts, back-loaded on pay-fors, and as a result, a continued push on inflation pressures in 2022; and  
  1. The BBBA is riddled with design errors that undercut its drafters’ intentions.  

 Read the op-ed