BREAKING: House Democrats Pass Biden’s Build Back Better Act
PHOENIX — Just over one year ago, Arizona voters sent Joe Biden to the White House because they believed in his vision to build back better. Today, as House Democrats voted to pass President Joe Biden’s transformational Build Back Better Act, rebuild the backbone of America, and make life more affordable for middle-class families by lowering costs and cutting taxes, we moved one step closer to realizing his bold vision for this country.
Following the passing of President Biden’s plan, Arizona Democratic Party Chair Raquel Terán released the following statement:
“Today we applaud congressional Democrats — especially Arizona’s own Reps. O’Halleran, Kirkpatrick, Grijalva, Gallego, and Stanton — for passing President Biden’s bold plan to invest in Arizona’s families, workers, and small businesses. We are also grateful for the countless advocates who helped to craft this bold legislation that will move our country forward.
“With game-changing investments in child care, affordable housing, long-term care, climate resilience, education, and health care, President Biden’s plan — which is overwhelmingly popular in Arizona and has been endorsed by local leaders from both parties — is going to lower costs, grow our economy, and create millions of new jobs.
“As Democrats work to send this hallmark legislation to President Biden’s desk, every GOP senator and senate primary candidate must think about what they want their legacy to be: Will they prioritize working families, or will they turn their back on them? Voters are watching, and it’s time to get this transformative legislation across the finish line so we can continue building back better.”
In Arizona, Biden’s Build Back Better Act will:
- Extend tax cuts for working families. This legislation will extend the expanded Child Tax Credit payments so that the families of 1.4 million Arizona children continue to receive an average of $444 each month to help cover the cost of raising children and provide a tax cut of up to $1,500 for 385,200 low-wage workers.
- Make child care and family care more affordable. This bill will provide access to child care for 457,864 young children by ensuring Arizona families pay no more than 7% of their income on high-quality child care. It will also fund universal, high-quality preschool for more than 139,000 Arizona 3- and 4-year-olds.
- Fund the largest effort to combat climate change in American history. This package will cut pollution, reduce energy costs, and create good-paying jobs with a pivotal investment to ensure America leads the clean energy economy.
- Lower health care costs. This plan will close the Medicaid coverage gap to help millions gain health insurance, extend the American Rescue Plan’s coverage premiums, and help older Arizonans access affordable hearing care by expanding Medicare.
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