The Build Back Better Act is heading for the floor this week, according to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). “That is our plan to pass the bill the week of November 15,” she said at a news conference during the United Nations Climate Chance Conference in Glasgow, Scotland. The bill would be the biggest investment in the American people, the backbone of our nation’s infrastructure, since the 1960s—a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make a real difference in the daily lives of students, educators, and families. It will be paid for by ensuring corporations and the wealthiest Americans pay a fairer share of taxes.
The Build Back Better Act’s historic investments include universal preschool for 3- and 4-year-olds; more affordable child care and college; expanded access to free school meals; extending the child tax credit that has cut child poverty in half; and more resources for educator recruitment and retention, HBCUs, other minority-serving institutions, and the E-Rate program. It would also make the single largest investment in affordable housing in U.S. history; extend Medicaid coverage to 4 million more people; strengthen the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP); add hearing coverage to Medicare; lower the cost of some prescription drugs; and provide temporary protection and employment authorization for an estimated 7 million undocumented immigrants.
Tell Congress to pass the Build Back Better Act