Statement: House of Representatives Passes the Build Back Better Act

Today, November 19, 2021, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass President Biden’s Build Back Better reconciliation bill. NJ Citizen Action releases the following statement in response:

Dena Mottola Jaborska, New Jersey Citizen Action Associate Director:

“NJCA applauds the House of Representatives for passing a bill that makes a transformative and historic investment in the American people.  Build Back Better addresses many of the socioeconomic and racial inequities that working families have struggled against for generations and will help shape an America where everyone has a better chance to prosper. It will make childcare, healthcare, housing, pre-K and elder care more affordable for millions, all paid for by closing tax loopholes, cracking down on tax evasion, and ensuring billionaires and corporations pay their fair share.

The reconciliation bill delivers meaningful progress on making medicines more affordable for millions of patients, seniors, workers, and businesses, and creates a strong foundation to lower prices on more medicines in the future. It also establishes the first national paid family and medical leave program, so American workers no longer need to make the impossible choice between providing for their families and caring for them. It helps our children have a healthy start by funding universal pre-school, extends the Child Tax Credit that helped lift millions of children out of poverty last year, makes our Children’s Health Insurance Program permanent, and increases access to food assistance programs.

It is now the Senate’s responsibility to send this once-in-a-generation bill to President Biden’s desk and deliver these crucial reforms to families across the country. We urge New Jerseyans to stay engaged and continue contacting their Senators to support this legislative package in its entirety. Powerful corporate interests are still pushing for ways to water down some of the most vital policies. Congress needs to hear from everyday people how impactful and badly needed these reforms are. We are closer than ever to real support for and investment in our families, children, and communities.”