January 19, 2022
The Ticking Clocks of the Build Back Better Act
The Build Back Better Act (BBBA) is a reconciliation bill, which means it is very much time sensitive. In a new insight, Director of Fiscal Policy Gordon Gray walks through the multiple time constraints at play for the BBBA – in particular, the most pressing deadline to get the bill through the Senate.
- First, reconciliation allows the BBBA to bypass a Senate filibuster, as debate is limited to 20 hours.
- Second, the BBBA’s reconciliation process is available to legislators only until September 30, 2022 – the end of the fiscal year covered by the budget.
- Finally, the fundamental time constraint on the BBBA is political (i.e., this year’s midterm elections).