Virginia Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy Statement on House Passage of Build Back Better Act

RELEASE: Virginia Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy Statement on House Passage of Build Back Better Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 19, 2021

RICHMOND — Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Build Back Better Act, which will deliver much-needed relief for working families in Virginia.

“We are incredibly grateful to Reps. Elaine Luria (VA-02), Bobby Scott (VA-03), Donald McEachin (VA-04), Abigail Spanberger (VA-07), Don Beyer (VA-08), Jennifer Wexton (VA-10) and Gerry Connolly (VA-11) for voting for the Build Back Better, which includes the robust investments in care that families need,” said Kristina Hagen, director of the Virginia Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy. “Families in Virginia desperately need these policies and will benefit greatly from passage of the Build Back Better Act. For too long, we have failed to invest in family friendly policies, leaving working people to pick up the pieces. The Build Back Better Act fundamentally changes this by investing in the care policies families need to care for themselves and recover from the pandemic. This plan won’t cost working families a dime. In fact, it is fully paid for by making sure that large, profitable corporations  and the richest among us pay their fair share.”

The Build Back Better Act includes historic investments in family friendly policies including affordable child care, universal preschool, care for older Americans and people with disabilities, and an extension of the Child Tax Credit and paid family and medical leave. Specifically, the Build Back Better Act will:

  • Provide universal and free preschool for all three- and four-year-olds, the largest expansion of universal and free education since states and communities across the country established public high school 100 years ago.
  • Make the largest investment in child care in the nation’s history, saving most working families more than half of their spending on child care.
  • Deliver affordable, high-quality care for older Americans and people with disabilities in their homes, while supporting the workers who provide this care.
  • Provide more than 35 million households up to $3,600 (or $300 per month) in tax cuts per child by extending the American Rescue Plan’s expanded Child Tax Credit.
  • Create a comprehensive, permanent paid family and medical leave program to provide all working people with up to four weeks of paid time off to care for themselves, a loved one or a new child.

The bill now makes its way to the US Senate.

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